Meet the Thirst Music team

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

Our keyboard and piano tutors

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.

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.

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.

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.