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Past Program Highlights



2019 was a massive turning point for the GEMS Film Scoring Summer Program!

Three towering award winning Hollywood Film, Game and Orchestrator composers taught GEMS composers on an intensive program. Composers arrived from 16 different countries to experience the GEMS Film Scoring Summer Program, concluding with a 50 piece orchestral recording of a piece written during the summer program. What a thrill!

Check out the remarkable GEMS Film Scoring Summer Program!


Past Program Highlights



Christopher Young

Hollywood Film Composer Christopher Young returns for the third consecutive year to Madrid, Spain, to teach his brilliant film scoring program. Such is his popularity and admiration, Chris had a full class of new and returning composers, and continues to inspire and support everyone


"Absolutely! 100% YES!!! I've had the best time of my life"

Mirela Nita


Spearheading our summer program Christopher Young brings with him a sense of  professionalism and humanity. His riveting classes are at heart of the program for our students. A brilliantly taught program that was the talk of the town.

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"I had a great time on this program"

Christopher Young

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Nigel Ashley Lees

Nigel Ashley Lees, is the founder of GEMS. His aim is to create exciting and purposeful experiences for musicians who are aiming to work in Global Entertainment. Each year he designs new programs where composers from all over the world can meet and have a great time together.


"Worked hard, played hard - Thank you so much Nigel."

Frank Lui

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Each year, hard core die hard Spanish fans visit us during the program to meet Christopher Young. To share & swap stories, take selfies, and have LPs, CDs, DVDs, film posters and books signed, with the ever welcoming Christopher Young.


"The experience in invaluable"

Jake Morgan

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GEMS Magazine

Our 2nd edition of our annual GEMS Magazine for all our students and staff is full of information about the program, student and faculty profiles, and interviews with our tutors. We also include a day by day timetables and calendar for  events and activities we run during the summer program.


"Amazing programs, amazing teachers!"

Guillermo Martorell

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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 50 piece orchestra, recorded by GOYA winning producer José Vinader. Scores were reviewed with Pete Anthony in his Orchestration class.


Listen to the final main titles here

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"Had a wonderful time on the program"

Matthias Azzopardi

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My Way Sky Bar

Meeting up with everyone the night before the start of the summer program we booked the roof terrace at My Way Sky Bar on Gran Via  for our students to watch the sunset and put names to faces over some sangria. Amazing views for an amazing start to our 2019 summer program


Today has been one of my best days in my life.

Daniel Redruello

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Hollywood Visits

Each year GEMS students are invited to Los Angeles to visit and stay with Christopher Young. An absolutely life changing opportunity. This year one of our many students who went to LA, Fernando Ortega Rojo joins us for a Q&A and to tell all about his adventures in Hollywood with Christopher Young


"The amount I have learned is amazing"

Gabriel Evans

Sponsors & Awards

This year working with our long term awards partner Native Instruments in Los Angeles,  we created three amazing awards for three of our composers to win Komplete 12. The categories were Best MockUp, Best Composition, Best Orchestration with Maria Vertiz taking away the Best Orchestration award. Maria now works at the JNH studio


"An amazing program!"

Francisco Cuadrado

GEMS T-Shirt

This year we introduced our GEMS t-shirt range for all our tutors, faculty and students who joined us on the GEMS summer program. They came in women and mens sizes, super quality - super cool and super exclusive "Ts"

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"Great and collaborative vibe"

Francesco Bortolussi

Garry Schyman

BAFTA winning Hollywood Game Composer Garry Schyman returns for his second GEMS Program in Madrid, Spain, to teach his fantastic game scoring program. Garry lit up the room with his program covering  aleatoric music, composing for game, and working as an independent composer


"Learn from the top professionals!"

Fernando Cabrera Pérez

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Pete Anthony joined GEMS for his first program that was an absolute sell out. This was a game changer for the program and for our students. Pete delivered an exceptional program that packed the class room!

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Dr.Juanjo Molina

Dr. Juanjo Molina, the lead instructor for the summer program, returns with once again conducting the orchestra, for all our participants compositions, and as ever, he was flawless, creative and cool.


"Brilliant! Thank you Nigel"

Eduardo Broseta


This year we went wild! Each participant took home their own signed score from the feature, Spiderman 3. We also included the hand written score from all the chapter of HellRaiser with Christophers original hand written notes on the score. Then included two solo piano scores from the video game, BioShock & BioShock 2  by Garry Schyman. Both Garry Schyman and Christopher Young wrote a personal message to each of the students on their scores. WOW!


"I had the time of my life!"

Francesco Bortolussi

5 minutes with...

Garry Schyman joined us for our 5 minutes with series... where we ask our GEMS students to prepare a rapid fire question 

for Garry about game scoring, his career, personal favourite composers and a whole lot more.

Watch this and other interviews here


"Maravilloso curso, increíbles maestros"

Natalia Martz

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Mad4Strings Orchestra

Participant compositions were record this year by a 50 piece 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


"Thank you so much Nigel"

Elif Dincer

Flamenco Party Night

For the second year running, we headed back to our favourite Flamenco show in Madrid. WOW they did not disappoint! It was electrifying! Joining the entire class were partners, friends and family who came to see the show with their respective students on the GEMS program. As such we filled the venue - a real exclusive and emotional experience for everyone.


"An outstanding program!"

Gerard Mack

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Everyday included in the summer program, GEMS invited 3 students for lunch with Christopher Young, and every student came! It give the Maestro the opportunity to get to know them all out of class, over lunch. It was our first time introducing lunch with the Maestro and it was a massive success. Both Pete Anthony and Garry Schyman also had  selected lunches with students whilst they were with us.


"Such a great program"

Tylla Ovezona

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Native Instruments

The Fantastic NATIVE INSTRUMENTS LOS ANGELES were with us once again and have been supporting us from day on. WOW! WONDERFUL!


"Great and collaborative vibe"

Guillermo Badolato Cillero

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Composer Videos

Check out some of the final videos edited with the produced music tracks. Awesome!

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"Great to get to conduct the orchestra"

Tylla Ovezona

Pete Anthony

Legendary Hollywood Film Orchestrator Pete Anthony joins us for his first program in Madrid, Spain, to teach his unbelievable orchestration program, that literally changed the way composers thought about orchestration in relation to scoring. Several award winning composers attended


"The best orchestration classes I have ever had!"

Maria Vertiz

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Garry Schyman delivered a 2 day masterclass in Game Scoring. This was our first time we incorporate Game Scoring in the summer program and without a doubt it is here to stay.


"Gems Music is a fantastic organisation"

Garry Schyman

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Dr.Francesco Menini

Dr. Francesco Menini, provides support for our composers. He brings with him all the compositional and orchestration skills needed to help prepare our composers for the orchestral recording.

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" A fantastic program well worth taking"

Jon Wygens

Women Composers 

Since we began the GEMS program, each year we support the inclusion of more women composers through our contemporary women composers scholarships program. This year we were thrilled to welcome the largest number of brilliant contemporary women composers, some who were award winning composers themselves, from all over the world. By financially supporting gender equality and diversity, we are aiming to help bridge this gap in the music industry.


"Highly recommended!"

Tatiana Mikova

Student Interviews

Ukraine composer Yuliya Protasova and some of her fellow participants, sit down and talk about their experiences on the GEMS  Film Scoring Program.

Watch the  testimonial interviews here


"Fue increíble, una experiencia inolvidable!"

Yuliya Protasova

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

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"Absolutely super, I am so glad I did it."

Therese McCartin

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Mad 4 Madrid

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 year’s program was located once more in the heart of Madrid, off the Gran Via.


"A world class organisation!"

Sebastian Ruiz VA

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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.


"Thank you for everything, it was fantastic."

Timothy Ehrenreich

Positive Grid

The Fantastic Positive Grid were with us and supporting us from day one  WONDERFUL


"Anyone who wants to work with an orchestra, it's highly recommend."

Andrés Pena

Summer Program SPAIN
July 2024
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