(1942 - )
Gordon Thornett was born in 1942. He read music at the University of Manchester, and went on to teach at a number of secondary schools in London, and also became a member of the London Symphony Chorus.
Following a teaching exchange year California, he undertook training as a music therapist at the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre in London. Soon after that, he moved with his family to Birmingham, where he worked in special schools. Since 2000 he has been a freelance music therapist, composer and arranger.
As a longstanding member of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Gordon Thornett has written a number of pieces for chorus and orchestra, which have featured in Christmas concerts in the UK and elsewhere. He conducts the Sutton Coldfield Chamber Choir, and has written a number of pieces for them. Recently he was commissioned by the CBSO to write an overture, The Joy of Christmas, which received a number of performances at their Christmas concerts in Symphony Hall in December 2010.
He has also received commissions from other choirs in the UK and the USA, and has been invited to write pieces for the Nidaros Cathedral Boys’ Choir in Trondheim, Norway.
More information can be found at his website.