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Gordon Thornett (b. 1942) read Music at Manchester University, and has had a long career as a teacher and a music therapist in the UK. As a keen choral singer, he has written a number of new settings of Christmas texts, which have been performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus, of which he is a long-standing member, and other symphony choruses and smaller choirs in the UK, USA, and elsewhere. Some of these have been published by Oxford University Press, Shawnee Press, and Norsk Musikforlag, but many others are self published, and available Swirly Music, SMP, and MyScore (J W Pepper).

He was commissioned by the CBSO to write a Festive Overture, “The Joy of Christmas,” and this is published by Faber, and has been recorded by the RTE Concert Orchestra, on the Heritage label (HTGCD 299). His “Children’s Christmas Suite” has been recorded by the Birmingham Royal Ballet Sinfonia, conducted by Gavin Sutherland, and is available as a download through such sites as Spotify and Apple Music. He has also written a brass fanfare for the inaugural conference of the British Society for Music Therapy in 2014. One recent publication, “Lo! in the cold of Winter Deep,” with words by Julie Myers, was named Editor’s Choice by J W Pepper.

Choirs in the UK who have performed his music include the CBSO Chorus, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, the Royal Northern Sinfonia Chorus, and the London Symphony Chorus. He has formed a close association with the Nidaros Cathedral Boys’ Choir in Trondheim, Norway, and has written a number of settings and arrangements for them. He was also asked to write a special opening piece for a performance in Berlin Cathedral, given by the John Kennedy International School Choir and Orchestra and the choir of the American Church in Berlin.


Gather ye rosebudsVoicing: SSA  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 2:05  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Robert Herrick  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Spring, Autumn, Summer  Descriptive Terms: Age, Flowers, Time, Transitory  First Performance: Nov 13, 2013: University of Michigan Women’s Glee Club, Jaclyn Johnson, University of Michigan Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 956/989~2019-Q3)
The Sleepy Shepherd BoyVoicing: S(A) Children’s Choir  Accompaniment: Piano (optional Orchestra)  Performance Length: 4:40  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Gordon Thornett  Language: English, Latin  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Christmas, Advent, Nativity  Descriptive Terms: Christmas, Children, Shepherd, Angels, Daydreaming  First Performance: December 20, 2007 : CBSO Children’s Chorus and CBSO, Simon Halsey, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 956/1532~2021-Q2)
Guiding StarVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Piano (Orchestration Available)  Performance Length: 3:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: W. Chatterton Dix  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Christmas, Epiphany  Descriptive Terms: Christmas, Celebration, Gifts, Epiphany, Joyful  First Performance: December 19, 2016 : CBSO Chorus with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Halsey, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 956/1553~2021-Q2)
Locus isteVoicing: SATB  Solo(s): Soprano, Bass  Optional Accompaniment: Piano or Organ  Performance Length: 6:04  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Liber Usualis  Language: Latin  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Church Dedication, Communion, Church Anniversary, Dedication of Clergy  Descriptive Terms: Dedication, Reverence, Uplifting, Sacramental, Worship  First Performance: October 03, 2020 : Nidaros Cathedral Boys’ Choir, Bjørn Moe, Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 956/1517~2021-Q1)
GloriaVoicing: SATB  Solo(s): Soprano  Accompaniment: Organ, Trombone, Timpani, Trumpet In C, Brass Sextet  Performance Length: 10:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Ordinary of the Mass  Language: Latin  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Advent, Christmas, Easter  Descriptive Terms: Glory, God, Jubilant, Mass, Reflective  First Performance: Dec 13, 2014: Bel Canto Chorus, Richard Hynson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 956/957~2019-Q2)
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