Music in the Churches 

The concert starts at 1.00pm and will be held at the Uniting Church Kyneton on Saturday 21 October.

Matt Fagan

Matthew is a graduate in Music from the Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University. Matthew has had great experience with musicians from around the world and has worked and studied with masters, such as John Williams, Paco Pena, Leo Kotkke, Joe Pass, John Maclauchlan, Martin Taylor, Tommy Emmanuel, Slava Grigoryan and Bob Brozman amongst others.

Also performing will be Sue Yardley (voice) and John Payne (Piano)

Henry Vyhnal (violin) and Mary Potton (Piano) will also play

The featured Musician at the 2017 MITCH Music in the Churches Concert is guitarist Matthew Fagan

As a touring musician, Matthew has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Milton Parkes who toured with the Australian Opera legend Dame Nellie Melba throughout the United States in the early 20th century.
Matthew has toured with international celebrities Natalie Cole, The Original Buena Vista Social Club, Billy Connolly, Shirley Bassey and Michael Crawford. The tour with Billy Connolly was so successful that Billy made a gift of his own Banjo to Matthew as a token of his gratitude and was quoted saying “Matthew is the best guest artist I have ever toured with.”
Touring with Michael Crawford provided a great opportunity for Matthew to perform as a solo artist to some 60,000 people within 5 days, including the Adelaide Festival Centre and Melbourne Park.




A still image from Volk Mol’s film ‘Relax on a Journey through Inner Space – the Artistry of Vitamin C’

The MITCH Winter Concerts have been strongly supported throughout MITCH’s five years. There’s not a lot not to like – a spectacular venue with floor to ceiling views of Mount Macedon across the valley of East Trentham and a choice of Saturday or Sunday in which to attend. And there’s the music. Music Director Henry Vyhnal has worked closely with local musician and teacher Malcolm Cole to deliver programs that have been rich in content and adventurous for both audiences and performers.

The 2017 program is no exception. Besides performances of compositions by John Field, Elena Kats-Chernin, Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel, the program highlight is Volk Mol’s ‘Relax on a Journey through Inner Space – the Artistry of Vitamin C’. Volk Mol was a highly respected Dutch born Australian cinematographer who was also a musician. Malcolm Cole met Volk when Volk moved to Woodend a few years before his death in 2003. Volk gave Malcolm a video of his short film. The soundtrack was music composed and played by Volk on early MIDI synthesizer. Over the last 14 years, Malcolm has reconstructed this soundtrack and arranged it for small chamber ensemble. The 2017 MITCH Winter Concert brings together the stunning microscopic imagery of Vitamin C synthesis and the evocative music score in live performance. Assisting Malcolm will be his son James and a musician very familiar to MITCH audiences, clarinetist Sue Morris.

Also on screen will be a collection of gorgeous paintings of butterflies created by Tylden Primary School students. These images will be projected during the performance of Butterflying by Elena Kats-Chernin.

The featured Young Musician for both concerts is Violinist Mirren Strahan.


The wonderful Rebecca Clarke thrilled us all at the 2017 MITCH Autumn Concert. Her performances included pieces by Chopin and Grainger. Teacher Bron Sozanski was very proud. Rebecca will be soloist with the Ballarat Symphony Orchestra later in the year.


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Sunday  April 23, 2017 2.30 pm

1499 Mount Macedon Rd, Woodend

The 2017 MITCH Autumn concert is a celebration of the amazing music teachers that ensure quality music performance will exist for years to come.

The Harpies with Shaun Evans are all passionate and active Braemar College music teachers who delight in sharing their talents with wider audiences as well as their fortunate students.

The Resonance Orchestra String players are a close bonding of teachers and students joined in their love of string music. The group has grown out of the Woodend Primary School music program and continues to develop the playing of stringed instruments in the Macedon Ranges in many exciting ways.

Exciting young pianist Rebecca Clarke is the latest exceptional student of Bron Sozanski to delight MITCH audiences.

$31   Adult
$10.50 Children under 15 years

Please book through Trybooking at https://www.trybooking.com/PIVA
or https://www.trybooking.com/269594

We look forward to welcoming you.

Bern Barry
Chairman MITCH

2017 Macedon Ranges Music Festival


2017 Macedon Ranges Music Festival winner Professional Section – Abby Sloss.

MITCH donated the Youth Stage Prizes and Shaun Evans and the Braemar College production crew kept the stage going throughout the afternoon.

Best Overall Musician – Kailee O’Brien

Most Professional – Molly and Abby Sloss

Most Potential – Sam Richardson


MITCH Summer Concert

Rain, hail and shine – the show must go on !
Thank you to all the supporters who braved the weather and came to the MITCH Summer Concert at the very beautiful “Rocklands” at Redesdale.   Thank you Gary and Pan Prendergast for hosting the concert.  Thank you to the musicians – Trentham Primary School Band,  Jet Waldron, Mitchell Lee, Kenny Cooke, Robbie Melville and Liz Frencham.  Thank you Hanging Rock for providing your wonderful wines for intermission.

and finally ……….. Thank you Q1 Photography for capturing the day so beautifully.  To see all the photos follow the link to YouTube below. 

Q1’s beautiful photography of our Summer Concert

To see Midland’s Express article on the concert “Singing in the Rain” follow the link below

Singing in the Rain

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Henry has written some terrific articles for “Loud Mouth”.  We recommend that you take a look.

Beyond Money

Pure Sound

Hail Joe, the music is with thee


MITCH is very proud to announce that since it’s establishment on July 1st, 2012,  MITCH has donated $9,725.50 to the Central Highlands Musical Community.  We are very grateful to those who have so generously donated to MITCH,  to the owners of the venues who have made them available for the MITCH concerts, to those in the musical community who have given freely of their time and talents and of course our wonderful supporters without who MITCH could not exist.

Here are the details
2013              $550.00
2014            $2,976.50
2015            $3,912.00
2016            $2,287.00

$2,310       To the Young Musicians who performed at MITCH Concerts
$1,000        To schools in the Central Highlands
Trentham Primary School $300
Ballarat Grammar $100
Braemar College $100
Gisborne Secondary $100
Kyneton Secondary School $300
Sacred Heart, Kyneton $100
$1,789    Pianos in the Schools Program
Upright Piano at the Alice Miller School
Grand Piano at Trentham Primary School
$2,000      Music in the Churches  (2014, 2015)
$150        Young Performer Encouragement Award
2015 Rose Treed ($150)
$2,000     Young Performer of the Year Award
2013 Mitchell Lee ($500)
2014 Cooper Harwood ($500)
2014 Jose and the Coffee Mugs ($500)
2015 Thomas Williams ($500)
$150         Young Muscian Support Fund
$100         2014 Harp Congress
$226.50   Make Poverty History Concert

MITCH – Music in the Central Highlands – is an organisation focused on the promotion of fine music in the Central Highlands region of Victoria. Townships such as Trentham/East Trentham, Daylesford, Tylden, Woodend, Kyneton & Macedon/Mount Macedon all have a wealth of musical talent that MITCH encourages to perform, ranging from aspiring school children to seasoned, world class performers.

MITCH is committed to showcasing this musical talent in an accessible fashion for all of the Central Highlands community to enjoy and celebrate.

MITCH is a registered Not for Profit organisation. All proceeds from MITCH are channeled to creating educational opportunities for up and coming young performers in the region.