A LOCAL performer has raised £1,500 for charity from sales of his first Christmas CD featuring his own music.
Llandyll Gove released the CD, ‘Season of Hope’, in December to raise money for the Rhys Allan Fund and Showcase the street.
The 23-year-old began his career as a pupil at the Gordon School of Dancing before going on to study at the Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts. Graduating in 2009 after a three-year course, he signed for one of the top agencies in London and is about to embark on a nationwide tour with hit musical Grease.
He penned two original Christmas carols for a competition run by Montrose and District Choral Society, an interest in composition arising from him teaching himself to play piano from the age of 18.
His carols won his age groups in both 2008 and 2009, and were performed at the society’s annual Christmas concerts, and he decided to release them as ‘Season of Hope’ with accompaniment from a number of local musicians. In addition, he recorded another original composition, ‘Rainbow Reel’, which was added to the CD as an extra track.
All the tracks were also available for download from iTunes.
Llandyll decided to raise money for Rhys after reading in the Review about his parents, Penny and Gary’s bid to finance a trip to Germany so the toddler could undergo stem cell treatment for cerebral palsy. The couple are still raising funds for Rhys’s continuing care.
He decided to support Angus-based arts charity Showcase the Street, which promotes the performing arts to young people across the area, as he worked for the organisation during the first years of the its existence.
Llandyll has divided the money equally between the two causes and presented his cheque this week to Gary and Rhys.
He said: “I’m really happy with the response it got. Composing started out as just a hobby with me and after I started writing people seemed to enjoy my music.
“I’ve done things for charities before but as part of other groups, so this is my first solo effort and was a different way of doing it.
“I’d really like to do it again but, again, would like to do something different and will just have to think up some new ideas.
“I’d quite like to do a charity concert and maybe bring in other artists for a night of original music.”
Llandyll’s composing has become a more serious pastime recently and he has begun work on his own musical which he hopes to stage in Montrose after finishing his tour.
He said: “I’ve a new CD coming out, just a four-track EP, which will be available in about a month.
“I’ve a few things in the pipeline which I’m working away on and will be using this year to put some things together. I hope to put the show on in Montrose next year once the tour’s finished.”
Copies of ‘Season of Hope’ are still available through Llandyll’s website, www.llandyllgove.com, from Bargains Galore on the High Street and can be downloaded from iTunes.