Eric Gentet, nicknamed 'The Nightingale' will sing well-known English and Irish songs of the early 20th Century, with his exquisite and emotional voice which is compared favorably to that of the famous Belfast Boy Soprano BILLY NEELY.
Five years ago, Eric (the young French Boy Soprano)wooed the hearts of the of Northern Ireland audiences with his pure soprano voice when he toured the Province singing at the prestigious Charles Wood Festival under David Hill in Armagh, St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast and several private events including for the First Minister.
This Masterclass provides the opportunity for Eric to demonstrate and explain his technique, helped by his teacher of 8 years, Stephen R Beet.
Eric, now 15 years old, sings in the same way as British boy sopranos of the past, who retained their angelic, controlled vibrato, singing voices long after the speaking voice had broken. This unique vocal technique has totally disappeared since the 1950's : the last boys known were Derek Barsham, Michael Morely, Billy Neely and Frank Bird, for whom Eric gives his concerts in their honour, today making reborn their wonderful repertoire.
The concert has been arranged by Mr Orly Watson, Organist and Director of Music at Dromore Cathedral and official Accompanist at Queen's University,
Eric will also appear at the Portico of Ards on Thursday 4th November 7.30pm.