On October 12, the Bath Philharmonia held its Sound Connections Competition. The composition competition is the brain-child of the Philharmonia’s new manager, Teresa Shirley-Quirk (BM ’78, Cello). Three finalists, selected by eminent composers Oliver Knussen, Colin Matthews and Joe Duddell from over 70 international applicants of all ages and backgrounds, had their works performed by the orchestra. The audience then cast their votes, and the winner was announced: Heimweh, a piece for chamber orchestra by Italian composer Nicola Straffolini. The event garnered national attention, winning the orchestra its first ever grant from Arts Council England and the National Lottery, and attracting the support of Schott Music, who is publishing the winning composition.