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Meet the Artist
Daniel Thornton was born in Sydney, Australia. 6 years of his formal training occurred at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School and at the Conservatorium of Music Sydney (University) during which time he also attained his LMusA (A.M.E.B.) and Trinity College of Music London Performer's Certificate (Piano).
In 1987, Thornton's Childish Syndromes for wind quintet was performed by Musica Viva's Windbags and later published and recorded by EMI as part of the Young Imagination Competition. 19 years later, the 4th Movement is still regularly performed to school children around Australia.
Also in that year, his orchestral work Strontium was performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra after winning the A.B.C./S.S.O. Composition Competition, which he again won in 1989 for his work De Paradis a lEnfer.
Through a Big Brother Scholarship and the Sydney Eisteddfod's Operation Music Award, Thornton traveled to London to study. During this time he premiered two of his compositions before Princess Margaret. His compositions have featured at the Opening of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (1990), and the Conservatorium High School's 75th Anniversary concert (1993).
His scoring for film and television began in 1990 with the educational video series Hands up for a Story. Since that time Thornton has scored for innumerable documentaries and short films.
Through much of the mid 1990's Thornton arranged and sequenced all the music for both the International Schools of Music and Australian Music School's courses, whilst writing his own piano teaching series entitled Outrageous Technique.
Thornton's musicals Questions, Tyler, Snydley's Christmas Surprise, Angels we have heard, The Easter Experience and others have been performed to many thousands of people over the last decade. In this sacred vein of writing, Thornton is also well known for his contemporary worship material, sung in churches around the world and recorded on 14 commercially released CDs.
In September of 2006, Daniel performed at the Duke Theatre on 42nd Street in the heart of New Yorks Broadway District in one of the starring roles of a new musical Angels. Moreover, the Orchestrations and Musical Direction for the concept album were the work of Thornton. More recently he has performed with Marina Prior at a Major Community Carols event, to a standing ovation and encore performance which has already found its way to YouTube. Having lectured at Southern Cross College and Hillsong College, and regularly performing on the LifeSource TV show and Paradise Down Under TV show, Thornton is currently the Music Pastor at Paradise Community Church, whilst also focusing on composing for selected film/television productions and concert works.
Thornton represents a very truly diverse and eclectic compositional history. He is as comfortable with writing pop as he is with microtonal exploration. He is as adept with an orchestra as he is with a sequencer and loops. His works are easily accessible yet remain fresh and unique.Thornton is a sort-after worship leader around the world, and brings a powerful and unique gifting and anointing to the churches he ministers in.