Choral and Orchestral Music by Gordon Thornett


Welcome to, website of Gordon Thornett, composer and arranger.

If you are interested in new choral music – particularly Christmas and other seasonal pieces – please browse through the pages of this website, read through the scores, listen to live recordings, watch videos of performances, and find out how easily you can order (and in most cases download) any of the pieces that are of interest to you.




“Star of the East”, a new setting of the Epiphany carol, Brightest and best of the sons of the morning, has just been published by OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. The setting is for mixed choir (SATB, with some divisions). Written originally for the Nidaros Cathedral Boys’ Choir in Trondheim, Norway, it has also received several performances in the UK.  The accompaniment is for piano or organ, and an optional orchestration will also be available through the OUP hire library later this year.

Listen to live a recording of “Star of the East”, on the OUP website. The accompaniment here is for piano.

The following new pieces  have recently been added, and are available for instant download from

Prelude and Cherubic Hymn – An Advent setting for choir, organ and orchestra, based on the ancient hymn, “Let all mortal flesh keep silence”. Score and parts available in print or for instant download. Commissioned by the John F Kennedy School in Berlin, and first performed in Berlin Cathedral in November 2017.

Star of Wonder (SATB, with divisions) Accompaniment is for organ or piano    [Orchestration available.]

The Angels’ Song [“It came upon a midnight clear”] (SSA) with piano accompaniment.

Jesus, Friend of Little Children – for SATB choir with piano or organ. suitable for infant baptism and other children’s services. May also be used as a vocal solo with piano accompaniment.

NOTE – The above pieces are also available from Sheet Music Plus. 

Another piece which has just appeared on Swirly Music and Sheet Music Plus is

It’s a Beautiful, Wonderful World – a simple song, inspired by a visit to botanical gardens in southern California.

“It’s a beautiful, wonderful world,
A world of wonder for all to share;
Let us walk together, hand in hand,
Spreading peace and friendship throughout the land…”

For anyone who uses J W Pepper, a number of pieces are now available for purchase through them.  Just go to   Watch this space for further news!



PLEASE NOTE  – Clicking on any of the titles below will take you straight to the relevant site, where you will be able to read through the score, hear a recording, in some cases see a videoed performance and, if you wish, place an order for printed copies – or an instant download.

Most of the above are listed on Sheet Music Plus and, where you can look inside the music and have a listen before deciding whether to make a purchase. A growing list of pieces is also available through J W Pepper. In the case of pieces published by OUP, Faber or Norsk Musikforlag, I’d be pleased to arrange for a free inspection copy to be sent to any choral directors who may be interested in performing the piece. Just drop me an email here.