Lockdown life creates space for music inspiration

Michael Read-Percival, a talented Year 10 actor and singer has enjoyed honing his music skills while in lockdown. Usually after school Michael can be found racing off to rehearsals, often juggling several performance commitments at once. With all shows cancelled, lockdown has provided a creative space in Michael’s life and he has been inspired to remake his own version of a much-loved song, “It’s Quiet Uptown” from the musical ‘Hamilton’.

“My Dad came home [from a supermarket run] and said how quiet it is and odd that nobody is around,” says Michael. “I thought about the lyrics of “It’s Quiet Uptown” and how it describes a situation as ‘unimaginable’. It’s the perfect way of describing what everyone is currently going through.”

Michael re-worked the lyrics of the song to reflect his feelings about the impact of COVID-19, videoed his new version and now the popular star is able to continue to share his love of music and performing with the community online. View Michael performing here.

“A friend of mine from the theatre referred to this situation as an intermission of sorts; a little break before we’re back for an awesome second act! This resonates with me perfectly and I can’t wait to get back into it,” Michael said.

Photo credit: Tom Grut

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