New Dublin Voices premieres setting of Ledwidge’s poems War and A Soldier’s Grave

Ēriks’ new work War – A Soldier’s Grave was premiered by award-winning Irish chamber choir New Dublin Voices and conductor Bernie Sherlock during the concert In Time of War in the Church of the Defense Forces, Arbour Hill in Dublin on Remembrance Sunday, 10 November 2019. War – A Soldier’s Grave is a setting of two poems by Irish war poet and soldier Francis Edward Ledwidge (1887–1917), killed in action at 29 while serving in Flanders during WWI.

In Time of War explored how WWI, the Easter Rising, and the War of Independence and Civil War were witnessed and captured in verse by Eva Gore-Booth, Francis Ledwidge, William Orpen, and Katharine Tynan through commissioned pieces by composers Eoghan Desmond, Seán Doherty, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Paweł Łukaszewski, Joan Szymko, and Rudi Tas.