Since retiring from teaching in 2000, Gordon Thornett has pursued various interests, as well as doing some freelance work as a music therapist, a profession for which he trained mid-career at the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre in London.

He has been a member of the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus for over 25 years, and has served on its committee. This has taken him all over the world - to Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, the USA and Canada, Australia and to many parts of Europe - including visits to the Salzburg Festival and a memorable concert in the Alhambra Palace in Granada, where the Chorus performed Beethoven’s Choral Symphony with Simon Rattle and the CBSO beneath a starry sky!

Gordon also conducts the Sutton Coldfield Chamber Choir, who give concerts in a number of churches and other venues in the West Midlands.  Most of the concerts are free, but with retiring collections in aid of various charities.  They have led music workshops at Birmingham’s ArtsFest, and are invited each Christmas to present a special Christmas concert at St Martins-in-the-Bullring, which is situated in the heart of Birmingham’s central shopping area.

He has also composed a number of pieces specifically for the CBSO Chorus, as well as for the Sutton Coldfield Chamber Choir.  For more details please click on compositions.

With his wife, Cheryl, who is an adult education tutor in ESOL, he attends Weoley Hill Church (see picture), which has recently celebrated its 75th anniversary.  There he conducts a small choir, and occasionally organises concerts in the church.  Click on the picture for a link to the church’s website.


Name: Gordon Thornett

Gender: Male

Status: Married

Hometown: Birmingham,UK


Occupation: Music Therapist

(self employed)

via Music Therapy Works and BCAT (Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies)

Interests: Choral singing,

Composition, Conducting

Church: Member of Weoley  Hill United Reformed Church, Birmingham, where I am choirmaster, and occasionally play the organ.


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