Gordon Thornett


Welcome to my website!   I’m currently trying to improve it, but thought I ought to list some of my music here on the home page, as you may be having a look for some new Christmas settings at the moment.... 

As a keen choral singer and member of the CBSO Chorus, much of the music that I’ve written and arranged over the past ten years or so has been performed by the Chorus with the CBSO (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) - and by other prestigious groups in the UK and abroad, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia Chorus, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City of Bristol Choir and the Nidaros Cathedral Boys’Choir in Trondheim, Norway.

A number of the pieces listed below are new settings of familiar carols (such as “The First Nowell”), plus one or two spiritual arrangements (such as “Rise up, Shepherd”), and a few completely new settings of original poems.

Although some of these were written with a big symphony chorus in mind, they are generally just as effective with smaller choirs and choral societies, with piano or organ accompaniment.


For mixed choir (SATB) with piano or organ accompaniment:

Noel!                 publ. OUP

See amid the Winter’s Snow          publ. OUP

Rise up, Shepherd (SATB, with oboe or flute obbligato)   publ. OUP

[Orchestrations for the above three pieces available

for hire from Oxford University Press Hire Library.]

What Child is this? (SATB, with violin solo)        publ. Norsk Musikforlag*

And Glory shone                            publ. Norsk Musikforlag*

Two new Christina Rossetti settings:               publ. Norsk Musikforlag*

Love came down at Christmas   

In the bleak midwinter

Lo! in the Cold of Winter Deep -      newly published by Shawnee/Hal Leonard

Other SATB settings:

Star of the East                        Sheet Music Plus+

Little Lamb, who made thee? (A cappella)        Sheet Music Plus+

Bright was the Star                Sheet Music Plus+

Christmas Candles               Sheet Music Plus+

Christmas Time in the Eyes of a Child -SATB version     Sheet Music Plus+

Go, tell it on the mountain                                                Sheet Music Plus+                                          


Gloria (for SATB + brass, organ and timps.)          Sheet Music Plus+

For Children’s Choir (Unison/2-part):

The Sleepy Shepherd Boy           Sheet Music Plus+

Christmas Time in the Eyes of a Child                        Sheet Music Plus+          

For full orchestra:

Festive Overture:  The Joy of Christmas           publ. Faber Music

(with optional choral ending)

A Children’s Christmas Suite                     Sheet Music Plus+                                       

*The Norsk Musikforlag publications can be obtained in the UK from www.music-makers.co.uk of Tamworth at a specially discounted UK price.  Email address: sales@music-makers.co.uk

+PLEASE NOTE - Sheet Music Plus:  The following link will take you direct to the page -

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/search?Ntt=thornett.   Here you will see all these titles listed, with the ability to look inside, listen to the piece and make instant digital copies of anything you wish to purchase.

Youtube links to Christmas performances:

Nidarosdomens Guttekor:   See amid the Winter’s Snow (New setting)

Nidarosdomens Guttekor:   What Child is this? (‘Greensleeves’ arrangement)

PLEASE NOTE - Most of the above are listed on Sheet Music Plus, where you can look inside the music and have a listen before deciding whether to make a purchase.  In the case of pieces published by OUP 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.