MITCH Committee


The Music in the Central Highlands committee draws its membership from residents in the local area of Trentham/East Trentham, Macedon/Mount Macedon, Kyneton, Daylesford and Woodend.

Tom Walsh – Patron
tom-walsh-184x267“Tom continues to have a long association with music in the Central Highlands area. With a classical training background Tom found his love is in folk music, which has seen him performing in Australia and around the Central Highlands area for over 60 years. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, his musicianship has also been transferred to his children and grandchildren, making them the 5th generation of musicians performing at concerts in the area. Tom is also represented in the Archives in Canberra for his musicianship and knowledge of Settlers Music where he has recorded the early settlers tunes. Through his great love and support to music and the encouragement of other musicians, both young and old, we are delighted that Tom has agreed to be our Patron.”


Henry Vyhnal – Chairman

Another Trentham resident, Henry is well known in the area as leading the Music department at Kyneton Secondary College.His background naturally complements his role as MITCH’s Chairman and Performance Director, unearthing musical talent and all aspects of program management and musical selection for each of our concerts. Henry co-founded MITCH with Bern Barry in January 2012.

Margaret Pell – Treasurer
“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”

“MITCH has already in such a short time brought much pleasure to those of us lucky enough to live in the Central Highlands. Wonderful local artists, both established and emerging have performed in magical settings. It is a great privilege to be asked to join the Committee in the role of Treasurer. As a resident of Kyneton, I look forward very much to using my administrative and accountancy skills to continue the work of Ross Collier in ensuring the financial accountability of MITCH as it continues to raise funds to foster and encourage the wonderful young musical talent in our area.”
Margaret Pell

Marg has served with MITCH since January 2014

Susie Kilby – Secretary

susie-kilby-427x267“Having recently joined the MITCH committee, I’m delighted to be additionally involved in the planning and development of the MITCH vision. Hosting the 2012/13 Winter concerts at our home in East Trentham has brought an unexpected richness to life at HillHouse. The playing and listening to music was always encouraged by my father an accomplished trumpet player, an aunt a professional pianist and early life gatherings always around the piano. From aged 7 classical piano lessons, flute in adult life and now cello in my 6th decade. I see myself always a student of music, listening, playing and extending the known boundaries. It remains a constant and joyful challenge.Encouraging this in the lives of young people by supporting pathways to learning and performance is a new and exciting endeavour. Working with a passionate and active committee, with young people performing alongside seasoned local musicians is an exciting endeavour I feel privileged to be contributing to.”
Susie Kilby

Susie has served with MITCH since January 2014.


Colin Fox – Compere and Concert Host

After working as a mathematician for fourteen years as researcher, lecturer and teacher, Colin changed tack and joined the ABC’s classical music network. The fateful day was December 16th, Beethoven’s birthday, in 1987. Twenty-five years on he is programmer and presenter of Weekend Breakfast on ABC Classic FM. Colin adds his insightful and witty commentary in compering the MITCH concerts, with informative historical narratives.ABC Classic FM – About Colin Fox

Colin has served with MITCH since January 2012


Previous Committee Members

Bern Barry – MITCH Co-Founder, Chairman, January 2012 to April 2017bern-barry-427x267AA

A local resident of Trentham, Bern’s passion to see music brought to the local community saw the creation of MITCH in February 2012. To test his idea, Bern held an impromptu “intimate” concert in his lounge room with 58 friends in April 2012. Bern’s role as chairman included coordinating concerts and facilitating the interest in the organisation from a grants, fundraising and promotional perspective. Having served since the beginning, MITCH is indebted to Bern’s vision, enthusiasm and commitment in founding and leading a group of like minded individuals into the thriving community it is today.

Diana Edwards – Marketing, September 2015 – September 2017


Diana moved to the Macedon Ranges four years ago from Melbourne. During this time she has become involved in the community, serving two years as the Secretary of the Rotary Club of Woodend. Diana’s love of music and the desire to help promote young artists prompted her to become a MITCH committee member, where she hopes her career experience as a Health Economist in Academia, Government and Industry can be of service to MITCH. Diana has served with MITCH since September 2015.


Ross Collier – Treasurer, January 2012 to June 2013

Residing in Woodend, Ross is well known as being one of the partners of Riverwood Financial group, a local accountancy and financial services practice based in Woodend. He offers his expertise and experience in accounting and finance to assist MITCH maintaining appropriate records, cash flow awareness and ensuring appropriate rigour and governance of the groups financials is undertaken as a registered not-for-profit. Due to commitments within his own business and personal life, Ross has decided to step down from the MITCH committee for 2013-2014. MITCH gratefully acknowledges the valuable contributions in its first 12 months and we wish him well in his future endeavours. Ross was a founding member of MITCH.

Wendy & Colin White, January 2012 to June 2013

colin-wendy-white-427x267Colin and Wendy White have lived in Trentham for the past 5 years and up until recently owned the Trentham Newsagency. Colin is a twenty year veteran of the Royal Australian Air force where he served as Aircrew on AP3C Orion and C130 Hercules aircraft. Wendy holds an MBA and is active on the board of the Trentham and districts community bank. Both have been involved in many committees around the township. They have two adult children. They share a love for a great variety of music. September 2013 saw the departure of Wendy & Colin due to work commitments interstate. MITCH were sad to see them go, but look forward to the opportunity to welcoming them back when they return to the Central Highlands region in a few years. Wendy & Colin were founding members of MITCH.

Colin Yeung, January 2012 to August 2015

Colin-427x267Residing in Woodend, Colin’s background is in management consulting specialising in the delivery of marketing, communications and information technology. He travels to Melbourne during the week guiding the business strategy for an international architectural engineering consultancy. He is happily married, chasing after two pigeon paired toddlers in his spare time. In the past, he used to play the piano and clarinet (A.Mus.A) and assisted MITCH with writing promotional pieces, concert photography and maintaining the website. Colin was a founding member of MITCH and served from January 2012 to August 2015. MITCH gratefully acknowledges the invaluable work Colin did in establishing the MITCH website, its charter and all matters digital. We wish Colin and his family all the best for their future.


Maria Forde
Advisor & Performer January 2012 to August 2015

Maria is an internationally known singer with a diverse repertoire ranging from opera to folk. A local of Trentham, her experience and insight influence how MITCH articulates its vision. Maria is a founding member of MITCH. Maria served from January 2012 to August 2015. We will miss Maria and thank her for her many performances for MITCH and her invaluable advice.Official Maria Forde Website