Gordon Thornett

See Gordon’s submissions in the Member Composers repertoire resource.

New Christmas settings for choirs by Gordon Thornett

Are you looking for something new for Christmas? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

I’ve been a choral singer for most of my life, including over 35 years as a member of the CBSO Chorus.  I’ve also conducted and written and arranged music for various choirs. Please have a look at some of the Christmas repertoire listed below – and let me know if you’d like any further information or free inspection copies. You can contact me at gtbham@me.com.

The following list also appears on my website, www.newcarols.com, where you can click on any title to hear a recording or video of each piece. Please give it a try!

Settings for mixed choir (SATB)


See amid the winter’s snow
Rise up, shepherd
Star of the East
Bright was the Star
Guiding Star

A jazzy new setting in 7/8 time of the traditional carol
New setting of these well-known words

Spiritual arrangement + optional oboe/fl solo
Haunting setting of ‘Brightest and Best’
SATB setting of a poem by Brian Holmes
A new lively 7/8 setting of ‘As with gladness’



self published
self published

All of the above were written for the CBSO Chorus, and orchestrations are available, although piano or organ accompaniment would prove equally effective.

Kling no Klokka
Let the church bells ring!
Star of Wonder
Lo, in the cold of winter deep
Little lamb, who made thee?
What Child is this?

Written for Nidaros Cathedral Boys’ Choir
English version of ‘Kling no Klokka’

Reflective setting of ‘We three Kings’
Advent setting – words by Julie M Myers

Simple a cappella setting of Blake’s poem

‘Greensleeves’ carol, arranged for SATB choir with soprano soloist

self published
self published

self published


self published
Norsk Musikforlag

Settings for children’s choirs

The sleepy shepherd boy
Christmastime in the eyes of a child
Christmas is coming

Written for CBSO Children’s Choir (unis./SA)

Unison or 2-pt (secular) with piano

A simple unison piece for quite young children

self published

self published

self published

Upper voices (SSA)

Sweet chiming Christmas bells
The Angels’ song

A jolly arrangement for voices and piano, incorporating ‘Ding dong merrily on high’
New setting of ‘It came upon the midnight clear’

self published


Larger scale pieces

Gloria in D

Festive Overture

for mixed choir (SATB), soprano solo, brass, timps & organ
The joy of Christmas (orchestra and chorus)

self published


Useful links

My self published pieces can be seen/heard at the following websites:

For OUP, Faber, Norsk and Shawnee publications, please search under my name or click on the following links: