When I was around 25 years old I saught out a private tutor to get me back in shape to play professionally. I had not played much since the passing of my father as he was my greatest inspiration. We worked hard for a couple of hours, the tutor and I. Before leaving I asked if she could get me to the philharmonic? She replied with a no but…. she could get me to a chamber orchestra.
Out of sheer youthful stubbornness I never went back and packed my flute away.
If I had to do it over again I would still be playing with a chamber orchestra today.
NOTE: I am playing in a local orchestra now and I love my life regardless… but…🤔