On Saturday, 25th June, Quattro Amici gave a concert at Woodbridge Community Hall in support of Woodbridge Tide Mill. Over a hundred people enjoyed a wide selection from the world of opera and operetta (including Mozart, Bizet, Gilbert & Sullivan), musical theatre and shows (ranging from Cole Porter to Rodgers & Hammerstein) as well as interpretations of modern pop music (Simon & Garfunkel and the Beatles featuring strongly).
The highlight of the evening, though, was the premiere of a brand new song written by Adrian Ratcliffe, a Woodbridge resident, called “Strolling down the Deben”, including references to the waterwheel turning. It probably got the best round of applause from a hugely appreciative audience.
Woodbridge Tide Mill is one of only two tide mills in the country producing stoneground wholemeal flour the traditional way. Woodbridge Tide Mill is a 220 year old mill, the third tide mill on this site, so following a tide milling tradition in Woodbridge spanning nearly 850 years. It is managed and maintained by volunteers, dedicated to sustain this marvellous example of a bygone age as a visitor attraction and educational resource, and now producing genuine stoneground strong wholemeal flour as it has done for centuries.
The Tide Mill are enormously grateful to Quattro Amici for their support in staging the concert, as well as those volunteers who put in the time and effort in organising it, and which raised a good sum of money to help maintain this world class heritage building.