Meet the Thirst Music team

We're proud of each and every one of our team! Here are their portfolios...

Wayne Mahy

Director/Head of Drums

Wayne started playing drums at the age of 19 when a friend introduced him to the instrument. Over the next five years, he performed in various bands as well as playing in his church in Guernsey, Channel Islands.

In September 2004, Wayne moved to the UK to study drums and percussion full time at Tech Music School (formerly Drumtech) in Acton, London.

He gained the Diploma in Popular Music Performance, a qualification which is accredited by Thames Valley University. While in London, Wayne studied under some of the best session/freelance drummers in the UK, such as Francis Seriau (Founder of Drumtech), Mick Morena and Erik Stams (as seen teaching Aled Jones on the BBC programme Play it Again).

After graduating, Wayne moved to Southampton and started to teach drums on a part-time basis to students in the surrounding region. He also got involved in local Jazz/Funk band Manuka Honey, playing gigs in Southampton.

Wayne now lives in Guernsey and teaches drums professionally. In 2008, he set up DrumWorks providing drum lessons to over one hundred students per week. Since then, he has entered many students for exams all of whom have achieved success and have continued to become stronger musicians.

With a view to meeting demand for tuition in other popular musical instruments in Guernsey, in February 2013 Thirst Music School was born. In 2020, Wayne achieved the RSL Level 6 Professional Diploma (Creative Enterprise) and continually looks to improve his skills both as a musician and an educator.

Lisa Murfitt

Deputy Head, Keyboard/Piano/Vocal Tutor

Lisa’s initial musical background was that of a classically trained flautist through the Guernsey Music Centre. However, her love of harmony led her to seek out keyboard skills at home. In her teens, Lisa was heavily involved in church music groups which laid the foundations for her ability to sight sing and improvise vocal harmonies.

After gaining an A grade at both GCSE and A-Level Music, as well as attaining Grade 8 in Flute, Lisa went on to study Music and Related Arts at Chichester University. Here her experiences were widened greatly through Jazz, Rock and free Improvisation and Related Arts, as well as performances in the UK and Europe with the Chichester University Chamber Choir and free improvisation group Pivo Prosim.

Following her degree, Lisa went on to Study a PGCE in Secondary Music Education at Bath Spa University, and later completed her NQT year in Carisbrooke High school in the Isle of Wight, where she taught Key Stage 3, GCSE, AS- and A-level music.

Since 2002, Lisa has returned to Guernsey with her husband and has taught both privately and through Prelude Music School, Music Centre and Adult Education. She has also spent four years as the keyboard player and vocalist with the popular Guernsey function band The Bandits, also playing with Top Banana, Wild Card and Elysium.

Lisa is also a keen writer and acoustic performer and performs covers as well as her own songs at various local venues.

Lisa’s passion is to be part of the local music scene and, through teaching, to enable others to share in the pleasure of playing music and performing with other people.

Steve Le Poidevin

Head of Guitar

Steve has been playing both electric and acoustic guitar since he was eleven years old. With over ten years of teaching experience, he brings a real passion and energy to his lessons. Some of Steve’s previous students have continued their music studies in the UK either at university or at BIMM.

Steve’s passion for the electric guitar in particular, has seen him play in local band The Boogie Men  while more recently he has joined a function band enabling him to play anything from contemporary music to good old rock n’ roll!

 

Carly Tucknott

Head of Vocal Studies

After studying music to A-level at school, Carly successfully completed her ABRSM grade 8 exams in piano, voice and clarinet. During the following years, she has been a member of several local choirs, has established vocal quartet ‘Fourtissimo’, is lead singer in the function bands ‘Tailor Made‘ and ‘Underdog’ and more recently has formed acoustic trio ‘Carlzberg & The Champagne Flutes’ (along with fellow Thirst tutor Naomi Burton and familiar face on the local music scene, Charlie Holmes) all of which are regularly booked for events such as garden parties and weddings.

Carly has competed in the Guernsey Eisteddford many times and enjoys busking and performing locally whenever the opportunity arises.

Carly is experienced in many vocal styles from pop through to classical and especially loves musical theatre and has performed in many local amateur productions. Her particular specialism is the soprano voice and she believes that there’s no note too high to be reached!

Carly is passionate about singing and is keen to pass on her enthusiasm, skills and experience to her students.

Heidi Garner

Head of Piano/Keyboard

Heidi starting playing keyboards at the age of 5 and switched to piano at the age of 11. At just 13, she started teaching keyboards and piano after school with Prelude Music School and has been teaching ever since!

Heidi has trained classically to Grade 8 in piano and enjoys playing both classical and contemporary music in her own time. She is as passionate about teaching music as she is about playing it and brings an enormous amount of enthusiasm and experience to her students.

Felix Rice

Drum Tutor

Felix enjoyed playing musical instruments from an early age. Beginning with the violin during primary school, he then found a love for the percussive side of music and also began learning orchestral percussion. During secondary school, Felix continued to explore his interest in rhythmic instruments, transitioning to learn the drum kit along side general percussion. By the end of secondary school, Felix had gained a Grade 8 qualification in both percussion and the drum kit, awarded by the Trinity and Rockschool examination boards respectively.

Felix has gained experience playing in various wind bands, orchestras and jazz bands with the Guernsey Music Service. He has also enjoyed gigging as a member of  jazz band ‘All That Jazz‘, with whom he played at various private events. The band also performed as finalists in the Specsavers ‘Reach for a Star’ competition in 2011.

After attending university for 3 years, Felix is now enjoying spreading his love and knowledge for the drum kit in order to help his students be the best drummers they can be.

Glenn Holmes

Guitar/Bass Tutor

Glenn brings with him a wealth of experience both in his instrument and in performance – skills which have been acquired over the course of several decades.

Brought up in a musical family, Glenn dabbled with several instruments at an early age before deciding at the age of 9 that the guitar was the one for him. He began honing his skills by playing in church before going on to play in Christian band Filament. In 1989 Glenn joined local heavy metal band Nemesis and in 1995 he became lead guitarist/vocalist in Guernsey’s longest-running functions band City Limits of which he is still a member some 20 years later. City Limits still enjoys great success in Guernsey being regularly booked for private functions as well as performing publicly in various popular music venues.

Glenn is an extremely skilled and versatile guitarist who is keen to help others get the best from their guitar and achieve their goals in music.

Deborah Lawson

Piano Tutor

Deborah studied for a DipHE at King Alfred’s College in Winchester and then went on to graduate with a BA Honours Degree from the City of London Polytechnic. Since then she has gained experience working in primary schools whilst studying for a PGCE.

Deborah also completed a level 4 PTLLS course 10 years ago qualifying her to teach in the lifelong learning sector. Having started playing the piano as a child, Deborah returned to learning nine years ago and is now working towards her grade 8 ABRSM exam.

She is passionate about music, teaching, playing the piano and has been an active member of a local choir in recent years.

Having also had experience of teaching privately, Deborah is really enjoying the more structured format of teaching at Thirst.

Charlie Spicer

Drum Tutor

Charlie started playing drums at the age of 11 after being inspired at a school open day and hasn’t looked back! He has performed locally in rock bands, jazz and wind bands as well as accompanying school performances. While Charlie enjoys playing all styles, his particular specialisms are rock, metal, punk, jazz and classical. Among his main influences are: Architects, A day to Remember, Billie Eilish, Polyphia, Alpha Wolf, Chelsea Grin, White Chapel, Dealer and Northlane.

As well as studying drums and trumpet at grade 8, Charlie also plays guitar, bass and piano.

Joe Ingrouille

Guitar/Ukulele Tutor

Joe started playing guitar aged 11 and has been playing in local bands and recording music ever since. He has played at local venues including the Fermain Tavern and The Vault and at events such as Vale Earth Fair and Chaos. His band ‘Dead Steady’ won Thirst’s ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition in 2018. Having achieved an A grade in GCSE Music, which involved song-writing and performing, Joe is still invited back to St Sampson’s High School to play bass guitar in its orchestras and jazz band. Joe is passionate about the guitar and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm with others. He recognises the freedom of expression that playing a musical instrument offers and is keen to help others realise their musical potential. Joe’s musical influences include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Rush and Bob Dylan to name but a few.

 

Kiya Ashton

Vocal Tutor

Kiya started out fronting rock bands including The Violet Diversion with songs from Evanescence and Papa Roach. Her solo project has now developed into a bigger sound as she is joined by band The Folkadelics, exploring a variety of genres, sounds and techniques. Kiya takes her inspiration from the vocalists of Paramore, The Cranberries, Tori Amos, AFI, and even Korn. Her voice also featured on the soundtrack of local film Occupied with a special arrangement of Sarnia Cherie which she later performed at the 2022 Liberation Hangar Ball. With six years of song writing experience, Kiya has released two original EPs demonstrating the progression of her music.

As an avid event organiser, Kiya worked on the Upload Festival during lockdown and continued to support local solo & acoustic acts through the Guernsey Gigs Unplugged Club and stages at Arts Sunday.

Kiya has gained a Grade 8 qualification in Vocals with distinction and also has a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music with distinction. She is very much looking forward to sharing her passion for the voice with her students!

 

Barnaby Lawson

Barnaby became interested in Music Production at the age of 14 and began gaining new skills by learning various DAW software applications such as Logic Pro, FI Studio and Ableton Live. In September 2017, Barnaby moved to the UK to begin a 3 year degree course in Music Production at The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford. The course enabled Barnaby to extend his knowledge of production styles and techniques including, but not limited to, mixing, preparing and mastering, studio recording techniques and creative software skills.

Barnaby has gained much experience in setting up and successfully recording bands, mixing and mastering these recordings to a standard suitable for streaming on Spotify and other streaming services and using creative and advanced synthesis techniques for more electronically focused styles.

Please get in touch if you wish to discuss an interest in Music Production or you have a recording project which Barnaby could help you with.

Robyn Surcombe

Piano Tutor

Robyn has been learning piano since the age of seven and has also played viola with the Guernsey Music Service since year 2. She currently plays in several groups including playing keyboard in a local jazz band. Robyn achieved a grade 9 in GCSE Music and represented The Ladies’ College twice in Thirst’s ‘Battle of the Bands’.

Bethan Batiste

Piano/Saxophone/Clarinet Tutor

Bethan’s love of music began during her school years where she began learning the clarinet and eventually progressed to achieving her Grade 8 qualification in addition to gaining her GCSE and A-level grades in Music.  She also studied the piano and saxophone during this time. On leaving school, Bethan took a course in woodwind repairs and completed her Level 3 qualification in Education and Training.

When Bethan is not teaching, she can be found playing in the Guernsey Jazz Orchestra and the Symphonic Wind Band.

Mila Ryan

Piano Tutor

Mila came to Guernsey in 2004 and has immersed herself in local life ever since! She is a pianist with over 20 years’ experience and holds a professional diploma which includes elements such as solfeggio, music literature and ensemble work. She has assisted family members in learning the flute, guitar and piano and enjoys passing on her love of music to her students. When Mila is not busy with music, you can find her looking after her allotment and reading books by French writer, Alexander Dumas.

Lorraine Mahy

Administration Manager

Lorraine is usually working away behind the scenes to make sure that everything at Thirst runs smoothly. As well as organising timetables for all tutors, she deals with the finances, ordering of supplies, event planning, exam entries and anything else which may be required!