Matt Furness

A Short Drumming Biography

Matt with Steve GaddMatt Furness started playing drums at the age of 8 studying the Rockschool exams which has given Matt the experience and ability to play many different genres. He completed his Grade 8 at the age of 14, passing with a distinction.

He has been the resident drummer for the Norwich Jazz Jam since he was 14 years old. The jam is held every Monday in Norwich which enables Matt to play with experienced professional musicians gaining invaluable experience in a jam session without the benefit of extensive preparation.

Matt currently plays with The Mojo Preachers and works as a session drummer depping with bands, in addition to performing as a pit musician for musical productions being a competent reader. Recent productions include ‘Grease’, ‘9 to 5’, ‘Hairspray’ and ‘Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert’.

He has played at the famous 100 Club, Upton Blues Festival and the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, with performances at the HRH Blues scheduled soon.

Michael Segaud

Michael Segaud, Violinist

"Matt is a friendly, professional drumming chameleon! He has worked for my ceilidh band twice now and he has been perfect both times. Highly recommended as a great drummer and a top bloke!"
2017-06-02T21:26:58+00:00
Michael Segaud
"Matt is a friendly, professional drumming chameleon! He has worked for my ceilidh band twice now and he has been perfect both times. Highly recommended as a great drummer and a top bloke!"
Potters Resort

Potters Resort, Hopton on Sea

"He showed enthusiasm for the job and it was clear that he has a keen interest in the entertainment industry."
2014-07-31T14:40:51+00:00
Potters Resort
"He showed enthusiasm for the job and it was clear that he has a keen interest in the entertainment industry."
Dan Whitehouse

Dan Whitehouse, Singer

"He is focused on the music and able to channel his positive energy into his performance - this radiates through the rest of the band and is a pleasure to behold"
2017-07-25T12:23:43+00:00
Dan Whitehouse
"He is focused on the music and able to channel his positive energy into his performance - this radiates through the rest of the band and is a pleasure to behold"
Lowestoft Players

Lowestoft Players

"As well as reading notation for the show, he was able to effectively interpret what was a minimal score into an expressive performance"
2015-11-05T17:24:56+00:00
Lowestoft Players
"As well as reading notation for the show, he was able to effectively interpret what was a minimal score into an expressive performance"
The Old School Henstead

Headmaster, Old School Henstead

"He is well prepared, motivated and mindful of the needs of his pupils, enabling good progress to be made by them"
2016-03-02T12:50:56+00:00
The Old School Henstead
"He is well prepared, motivated and mindful of the needs of his pupils, enabling good progress to be made by them"
Roger Hewett

Roger Hewett, Composer

"I have had the pleasure of hearing Matt perform for several years now. As a session drummer he is a good reader who plays with a solid feel and stable tempo. Matt is very reliable, versatile and has a great attitude."
2017-11-23T22:28:52+00:00
Roger Hewett
"I have had the pleasure of hearing Matt perform for several years now. As a session drummer he is a good reader who plays with a solid feel and stable tempo. Matt is very reliable, versatile and has a great attitude."
OBHS

OBHS

"Matthew has begun to build an enviable reputation as a drummer, performing in a range of semi-professional bands both as a regular member and as a sought-after deputy"
2014-07-31T14:44:55+00:00
OBHS
"Matthew has begun to build an enviable reputation as a drummer, performing in a range of semi-professional bands both as a regular member and as a sought-after deputy"
Lee Vasey

Lee Vasey, Guitarist

"Matt plays with the maturity of someone far beyond his years. I always love working with him."
2014-07-31T14:35:41+00:00
Lee Vasey
"Matt plays with the maturity of someone far beyond his years. I always love working with him."

Matt is a member of the Musician’s Union, and so has Public Liability insurance in place for all his drumming activities, and is also fully checked by the DBS.

If you are looking to hire Matt for your project please see his online drumming CV for further details.  Read Matt’s CV