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The Spanish Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra


Your chance to have your own original music performed and recorded by Spains national broadcasting orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Radio Televisión Spain RTVE. You will receive the very best attention from the faculty, our producer, the conductor and orchestra players, before, during and after your recording, thus giving you the ultimate top experience. A truly amazing opportunity to further your career development, your professional experiences and above all hear your music in its intended form, played beautifully by the RTVE orchestra.

What does the recording offer?

This amazing recording session will offer participants the opportunity to experience first hand, a professional recording of the highest level, and are capable of doing so again. Spearheaded by our producer and performed by Spain's national broadcast orchestra, you will have access to create a live RTVE orchestral recording of your own original composition, with an option to conduct your recording. (Covid 19 regulations may restrict this option). Bringing you along side other established artists who have performed or recorded with the world famous RTVE Orchestra!

Who should apply?

Participants looking for live recording experience with a large scale orchestra. Who are aiming to develop their portfolio for work, project pitches or college applications, scholarship application, award nominations opportunities, to share with producers and directors, or to secure contracts.

Composers who are aiming to tell prospective clients, producers and directors that they have had successful experience recording live. Can demonstrate their high quality professional recording, and how well they executed the recording workflow, with the orchestra, the conductor, and producer, all in a professional environment.

Participants who would like to conduct an orchestra, gain experience conducting to a click track or conducting free time, and for those who are aiming to experience working with our orchestrators, sharing ideas and best practices for your composition. Currently conducting and click are both unavailable due to the Coronavirus restrictions, this may change by summer.

What's Included

15 minutes recording (approx) with the 61 piece RTVE orchestra

Maximum length of your composition, 2 minutes, 30 seconds

Conductor, Librarian, Studio Manager

Digital or Printed Score and Parts Printing

Full copyright and ownership of your recording

All audio files of your recording

All parts digitally transferred after the recording

Your multiple camera video recording of your composition


A professional RTVE orchestral recording of your original composition. This is a first class accompaniment for your professional portfolio, allowing you to share with prospective clients, producers and directors your abilities to work and manage a professional orchestra.

Additionally you may wish to use this opportunity to pitch for contracts offering an orchestral recording  for a main title, short or cue, elevating your work from conventional sample library recordings, whilst helping finance your recording. This will require a new individual commercial contract. See faq 21 for details.

Participants can choose to record their main title composed during the GEMS program for Christopher Youngs final assignment. Alternatively, record another one of your compositions. All compositions must be original and for non commercial use. (faq 21)

Your Orchestra

The 61 piece orchestral instrumental plan 2024

Wood Winds:

2 flutes

2 oboe

2 clarinets

2 bassoon


4 French Horn

2 Trumpets

2 Trombones

1 Tuba


12 First violins

10 Second violins

8 Violas

6 Celli

4 Double Bass


1 timpani

2 players for orchestral percussion maximum 2 instruments for each player

1 Harp

Sufficient time must be provided in your score for players to switch instruments during the recording of your composition.

RTVE Radio 3

Recording your composition will be the National Radio 3 studio.


Digital Scores

Your score and parts are now digital, read by the players on interactive screens

In English

The GEMS RTVE Orchestral Recording, Spain will be available in English or Spanish. You will need the ability to speak, understand and work in English or Spanish. Your GEMS Conductor is and GEMS faculty are bi-lingual, language support will be available during your orchestral recording. Who will be there? the Librarian, Orchestra Manager, Studio Manager, ConcertMaster, Members of the Orchestra, Technical team, Producer and Production Assistant, Your Friends and Family on Zoom, GEMS Photo and Video Team.

Terms and conditions for joining the program lsited in our faq include:

The Recording

The recordings will last approximately 15 minutes. Maximum length of time for your composition is 2 minutes, 30 seconds. Recording times are guided and managed by GEMS, the RTVE conductor and the RTVE, who decide if your composition was successfully recorded and who may move on to the next recording even if you have a few minutes remaining. If you have not successfully completed your recording in the 15 minutes, no additional recording time above 15 minutes is provided.

Orchestration Review

If you have been advised to make orchestration changes to your composition during your one on one score review from the tutors for your orchestral recording and you chose not to make these changes, and submit your score and parts without these recommended changes, this may effect the quality, time and playability of your composition, which could result in an incomplete recording, or missing the recording. If you require additional support and attention on your compositions, outside of what the program offers, we can provide an individual orchestrator to work full time with you, during the program, for an additional fee, to prepare your music for the orchestra.


July 23rd 2024

July 24th 2024 is a second day of recording for selected composers


Recording schedule approximately:

Morning Session: 10:00 - 13:00

Afternoon Session: 15:00 - 18:00

Lunch Times

Recording schedule approximately:

13:30 - 15:30

Program Location


C/ Ribera, 16 46002



MAP Direction

Recording Location


Teatro Monumental

Calle de Atocha, 65 Madrid 28012 España

Tuition Fees

Tuition Fees and deposits can be made by bank transfer or via our website in the Tuition Fees tab. See faq21 for full details.

Advertised dates, tutors, guest speakers and all program details are subject to change if required.


First Day: 10th July 2024 

Last Day: 23/24 July 2024

Location: Valencia, Spain

Attendance Options: Online, In Person, both

Film Scoring Summer Program Tuition Fee: 3095€

March Discount Summer Program Tuition Fee: 2595€

Film Scoring Summer Program Tuition Fee

with two RTVE Recordings: 3495€

GEMS RTVE Recording


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Nigel Ashley Lees

Program Instructor

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Christopher Young

Program Instructor
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Garry Schyman

Program Instructor
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Pete Anthony

Program Instructor
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Juanjo Molina

Program Instructor
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Álvaro Domínguez

Program Instructor
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Program Instructor

GEMS RTVE Recording


Piotr Nermer conferring with the conduct




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