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.

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 in later life and passed her ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory exam with Distinction. Deborah has now achieved her ABRSM Grade 8 in Piano with Merit.

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.

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.

Karen Lenormand

Piano Tutor

Karen has been teaching piano privately on and off for 25 years and brings with her a wealth of experience. She has a passion for using music to connect with people who live with communication challenges and mental health issues including those living with non-verbal autism, special needs and dementia.

After completing her initial piano grades through the University of South Africa, Karen then went on to complete her grade 8 theory through the Associated Board of the Royal School of London (ABRSM) and the Principles of Teaching section of Licentiate through Trinity College of London. Karen holds a degree in Nursing Science and it was this, combined with her piano improvising skills, which earned her a place on the Masters in Music Therapy programme.

Karen has lived in Guernsey since 2003 and has used music in a wide variety of social care, educational, leisure and religious settings. In 2017, she expanded her skills by taking the Level 3 Activities in Social Care course and then, having registered with the National Activity Providers Association, she set up ‘Wellbeing Activities with Music’. When her son was young, Karen enjoyed providing weekly interactive sessions for pre-school children using music and puppets.

Alongside her teaching, Karen enjoys playing piano in her church worship team and currently leads weekly singing for the brain sessions for the Alzheimer Society.

Karen very much enjoys teaching as part of the Thirst team and encouraging her students to enjoy music while developing their skills.