A doctor friend was telling me of his experiences playing in Walter Bergmann’s recorder group in the early 1970s.
Bergmann (1902-1988) was a German lawyer who came to England as a refugee in 1938. Unable to practice law, he practised music instead, and with infectious wit and enthusiasm. He taught and played the recorder and directed choirs all over London, especially at Morley College where his ideas had a lasting influence on Michael Tippett and on the nascent early music movement. Working at Schott, Bergmann produced valuable editions of baroque and classical masterworks.
He had four pieces of advice for members of his ensemble, my friend recalls:
Rule No.1–First, make sure you are all playing the same piece!