A day with Nigel Hess

This weekend I was privileged to take part in a rehearsal day with the international composer and director Nigel Hess. My concert band does these sessions every couple of years, we then go on to perform the composer’s pieces in a special concert later in the year. I can’t remember the last time I had […]

The joy of ukulele

The ukulele is such a joyful instrument, it gives me a huge amount of pleasure. It always sounds uplifting. I took it up four years ago now and I’m very happy I did. I’m glad that there are whole classes in schools across the country learning to play it, I suspect they all sound a […]

Are you sabotaging your creative work?

Are you self sabotaging your creative work by unrealistic, subconscious expectations? We had the committee meeting for my concert band last night, and the discussion turned to next year’s programme. We all talked through our thoughts about it and I said that I was worried because I have really struggled with this terms’ harder pieces. […]

Making Music accessible

I’ve been published in High Notes, the Making Music publication. It focuses on making music groups accessible to people physical difficulties. I have written extensively how playing in a band has made me a much better musician, but also how it has helped me to win back my sense of self, and something to focus […]


Hello, I’m Jen Farrant. Consultant | Writer | Photographer. My blog is my space to experiment with thoughts, ideas and photos. Posts tend to fall into broad categories of: Creativity Living well & disability Music Photography Research & writing Strategic & creative thinking.  Scroll down to read the blog as a whole, or click through to read about my work: Consultant | Writer | Photographer | […]

Making conducting accessible to all…

  I’m really proud and excited to be involved as the project evaluator for the James Rose conducting development week at the Royal Academy of Music. This project is focusing on ways of making conducting accessible to everyone, regardless of their ability or disability. As you know, I suffer from an often invisible disability which does impact […]

Creating from a place of abundance

I have been writing 1000 words a day since the start of February, for this and my other blog, as well as sometimes client work or other creative projects. It has definitely proven to me that the more you write the more you write. I believe I have mentioned this in the past. I write […]