GEMS The Magnificent 7

Sold Out

Christopher Young

Hollywood Film Composer Christopher Young returns for the second consecutive year to Madrid, Spain July 2018, to teach his brilliant film scoring program. This year, a 9 day program.


" can’t recommend this course highly enough!"

Andrew Kristy

Sponsors & Awards

Every participant received one or more of these amazing awards from our sponsor awards partners. Native Instruments Komplete 11. Positive Grid, Bias FX. Scoring the Screen Book. Creativity on a Deadline videos.

Check out the award winners here


"A fantastic course"

Christian Ramirez Parrilla

Members of the orchestra performing stud

For the final assignment, participants composed a main title to one of Christopher Youngs films. They also had the option to bring their own composition and record it with the Mad 4 Strings 40 piece orchestra, recorded by GOYA winning producer José Vinader.

Listen to the final main titles here


"A great experience. A great team"

Alberto Tresguerres

Training Book

Each participant took home their own copy of Scoring the Screen by author and Grammy winner Andy Hill, together with a signed book mark with an individual personal message to each participant from Andy Hill.


"Loved every second of it!"

Maria Borg


Christopher Young sits down with GEMS founder Nigel Ashley Lees to discuss his approach to teaching, film scoring, career development, mentoring and his experience on the GEMS film scoring summer program.

Watch the interview here


"An absolute great week"

Christopher Young

Jose Vinader

Participant compositions were produced by legendary Spanish film music producer and GOYA winner, Jose Vinader, who has worked on nearly 300 films, with composers such as Alberto Iglesias, for movies such as Captain Alatriste (Viggo Mortensen) & Automata (Antonio Banderas).

Watch the recordings here


"An absolute great week"

Christopher Young


Facilitating this unique summer program, was the beautiful capital city of Madrid, Spain, with its cosmopolitan vibe, parks, cafes, restaurants, historical and modern architecture and night life. This years program was located in the heart of Madrid, off the Gran Via.


"A world class organization!"

Sebastian Ruiz VA

GEMS_Chris teaching.png

Participants had an amazing series of craft skilled based classes with Christopher Young, including compositional assignments, reviews, & individual one on one Mentoring sessions.


fantastic intense hugely enjoyable"

Jon Wygens


Spanish fans arrived throughout the program and the recording session, to meet Christopher Young, share & swap stories, took selfies, got LPs, CDs, DVDs, film posters and books signed, with the ever welcoming Christopher Young.


"Wonderful experience, amazing"

Nacho Ferrando

Training Videos

Each participant took home all three training videos by award winning composer, Richard Bellis. Creativity on a Deadline, Free Time and Sonic Competition. Richard Bellis is a GEMS visiting tutor who gave his Masterclass on Creativity on a Deadline, during the film scoring summer program 2018.


"A fantastic opportunity!"

Piotr Nermer

Student Interviews

Award winning composer Jon Wygens and his fellow participants, sit down and talk about their experiences on the GEMS Christopher Young Film Scoring Program.

Watch the  participant interviews here


"An absolute great week"

Christopher Young


Supporting this years program, some of the film and game music industries best, award winning composers, came and spoke in a series of Masterclasses. Inspiring talks, sharing craft skills, best practices, answering questions and having great fun. Thanks to Richard Bellis, Eimear Noone, Craig Stuart Garfinkle, Andy Hill and Garry Schyman.


"An absolute great week"

Christopher Young


GEMS Graduate Assistants kicked off  the GEMS Film Scoring Program, by welcoming Christopher Young at Madrid Airport, supprising him at arrivals, with our personalized meet & greet signboards.

Check out the airport video here

Graduation with #imchrisyoung on the #ge

"an unforgettable experience!"

Joris Hermy

GEMS 1on1 Madlord.jpg

Each year GEMS students are invited to one on mentor session with Christopher Young -  check out the composers interviews to hear what happened in their personal one on one with Christopher Young.


fantastic intense hugely enjoyable"

Jon Wygens


Each participant took home their own signed score from the feature, Spiderman 3 with a personal message added from Christopher Young, together with two scores by Garry Schyman from the BioShock suit.


"I had the time of my life!"

Francesco Bortolussi


Sound Track Fest Director and GEMS visiting tutor Gorka Oteiza gave a brilliant Masterclass, interviewed GEMS faculty, Christopher Young and all the participants; providing valuable social media experience, also gave selected GEMS Alumni opportunities to write for Sound Track Fest.

Read the Sound Track Fest review here

_MAN1284 copy.jpeg

"incredible, amazing experience"

Susanna Alvarez

Members of the orchestra performing stud
Mad4Strings Orchestra

Participant compositions were record by Mad4Strings Orchestra, Spains best professional film scoring orchestra, who have recorded work with award winning composers  Feredico Jusid (Loving Pablo), Victor Reyes (Newcomer), Zacarías de la Riva (Pet), Sergio Moure (Lobos Sucios), Cesar Benito (La sonata del Silencio) and performed sold out  John Williams Homage concerts conducted by Film Composer Lucas Vidal, (Fast & Furious 6).

Watch the recordings here


"An absolute great week"

Christopher Young

Flamenco Night

At the end of this years program we took the entire class, faculty and tutors to our first Flamenco Show in Madrid city center. It was fantastic! We had a brilliant time and it was a super way to end an amazing summer program together.


"An absolute great week"

Christopher Young

GEMS Summer Program Highlights 2018

Summer Program SPAIN
July 2022