Spitfire BBC Symphony Orchestra Templates

Spitfire BBC Symphony Orchestra Templates

Spitfire Audio’s BBC Symphony Orchestra library is available in three editions, Discover (£49 or free), Core (£399) and Pro (£899).

We have created some Dorico project templates and playback templates for this library so that you can use it more easily in our projects in Dorico Pro, Elements or SE.  You will need Dorico 3.5 or later.


Each zip file contains a project template, playback template and information file.

For information on how to install and use these templates, please watch this video:

For in-depth information about how they were constructed and how you can integrate other libraries with expression maps, and percussion maps to make your own custom playback templates please watch the Discover Dorico session on Expression maps and Playback templates for Spitfire BBCSO Discover.

Tip: Create your own blank manuscript paper


  1. Display blank staves in any music frame by using the Flow Filter in Engrave mode (make sure the Frames editing mode is selected in the left toolbar).
  2. Create manuscript paper by filling the page with blank staves. Add a new Master Page that is not based on an existing pair; there is no need to make any changes in the Master Page Editor. Set your page to use this new blank Master Page. Now Dorico will not fill your pages with music, or the staves of added instruments. Draw out a music frame to fill the page (or as much of it as you would like to fill with blank staves), and choose Blank Staves from the Flow Filter.
  3. Optionally, you can set properties to influence the top and bottom padding, and you can choose exactly how many staves to fill the frame with.
  4. In Layout Options, set the staff size to change the rastral size of the manuscript paper.
  5. You could even save a Dorico project that has many layouts, each one using a different configuration or page size, orientation, staff size and number of staves.

Tip: Show which chords are used in a flow as guitar chord diagrams


  1. In this week’s tip, see how you can show all the guitar chord diagrams required to play a song with one setting in Dorico 3.5.
  2. Input chord symbols as necessary in the music.
  3. Open Layout Options, using Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+L. On the new Chord Symbols and Diagrams page, there is an option to Show chord diagrams used at start of flow.
  4. Displayed at the top of the music, there are several options to make them look exactly as you need them to, quickly and easily.