Felicity Rhythm Section

Felicity Newell

Felicity Newell is the drummer and percussionist for the Velvet Tones. Felicity has been playing the drums since she was 7, before she could even reach the pedals! She initially started on the violin, but in one lesson spotted a drum kit and thought that looked more fun.

She grew up playing percussion in any ensemble she could persuade her parents to drive her to – from percussion ensembles, to big bands, brass bands, wind bands, musical theatre groups, and orchestras. She attended the Junior Royal Northern College of Music during sixth form before going on to study percussion at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, where performance highlights included playing with the Hofesh Shechter Dance Company in a collaboration with Anthony Gormley and drumming in the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

When not playing, Felicity can be found working in digital marketing, running across the Chilterns, or drinking tea.

Felicity’s favourite pieces are any of the big vocals (it’s hard to resist the temptation to sing along!)