MITCH Celebrate’s 1st Birthday: Concert Report

MITCH celebrated its first birthday concert on a cold winter’s day in Trentham – at “Hill House”, graciously hosted by Susie Kilby & Roland Dietz. The venue was host to a capacity audience helping us celebrate 12 months of successful concerts and endeavour. 126 people were present to listen to the “Proteus Ensemble”

  • Malcolm Cole (piano & cello and founder of Proteus)
  • Alexandra Fowler (flute) – MITCH Young Performer
  • Kristen Leich (soprano)
  • Henry Vyhnal (violin) – MITCH Performance Director
  • Sue Morris (clarinet, flute & piano)
  • Joe Tiralosi (accordion)
  • Samuel Thorpe (double bass)
  • Robbie Melville (guitar)
  • Susie Kilby (piano)
  • Colin Fox (clarinet) – MITCH compere

Our young performer Alexandra Fowler opened proceedings with the Bach Flute Sonata No 2, accompanied by Malcolm Cole on piano. Alexandra gave a fantastic performance reinforcing the reasons that MITCH came into existence – to support young performers in the central highlands region.

Continuing the program against the backdrop of misty rain outside, where it was showing 3 degrees on the mercury, young opera singer Kristen Leich treated us to a performance of Stölzel, Rossini and Cornelius showing no signs in of being 8 months pregnant. Comment from our compere Colin Fox:  “There are plenty of singers who can sing the high notes in Rossini but not the low notes, and plenty who can sing the low but not the high. We’ve just heard one of the few who can do both!”


MITCH Performance Director, Henry Vynhal then took to the stage with his violin performing Wieniaswki, Massenet and Kats-Chernin offering a contrast in the performance that illustrated why Henry is in charge of MITCH’s musical programming.  It was a performance delivered with the easy relaxed confidence of a master musician.

Rounding off the first half of the concert, Kristen performed two Schubert songs, accompanied by Sue Morris on clarinet and Malcolm on piano and Alexandra played Mouquet’s Three Pieces.

The second half opened with a piano duet – Colin Knight’s Summer Tale – reflecting a break in the weather outside, with Malcolm and our gracious host Susie Kilby offering a polished performance that was light-hearted and fun. Colin Fox, then played his clarinet with Sue and Malcolm in Kristofer Spike’s Summer Waltz.

Kristen performed a superb rendition of Piaf’s “La vie en rose”, accompanied by Malcolm and Sue, joined by Samuel Thorpe on double bass and Joe Tiralosi on piano accordion. For a moment, they took everyone to the backstreets of Montmartre in Paris, with their moving version of this well known classic.

Continuing the change in pace with double bass and accordion, works by Piazzolla “Oblivion” and  Padilla “El Relicario” were performed, before Robbie Melville joined the concert on his guitar to perform the modern and technically challenging Utopia21 “Extemporisation – Strange Exchange” with Henry and Samuel.

Closing the afternoon, our young performer, Alexandra, left us with Badelt’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” accompanied by Malcolm and Samuel before the finale of Weill’s “Youkali” performed by Kristen, Malcolm, Sue, Samuel, Alexandra, Henry & Joe.

MITCH’s Chairman Bern Barry, offered some words of thanks and acknowledgment. He reflected upon the previous 12 months, where the MITCH concept had started off as an idea with an “intimate” gathering of 58 friends in his lounge room for an impromptu litmus test concert in April 2012.

Bern also advised of the resignation of committee members Ross Collier (Treasurer) and Katie Yeung (Secretary) acknowledging their invaluable contributions in the first 12 months of MITCH’s existence. Colin Yeung (Marketing & Publicity) gave a short summary of the launch of the new MITCH website at which will become the focal point for communication of news and events for the organisation.

MITCH would like to acknowledge the ongoing support of:

  • Nicholas Scott & Oak Farm, Pipers Creek – for supplying catering to the 1st birthday concert
  • A&K Ross and Associates, Trentham, for offering a generous donation of  $500 to which MITCH is going to incept the first “Young Performers Award”
  • John Fitzgerald and Jacinta Burke for supporting each concert with a monetary donation for the previous 12 months
  • Coliban Food Store, Trentham, for supplying the beverages for guests at the previous concerts in 2012/2013.

And MITCH would also like to thank you, our audience, for making our concerts the success that they are and we look forward to what the next 12 months will bring to our fledgling organisation of musicians and young achievers.