Raymond Spons was born in 1970 in Eijsden. His musical career started at the Rijks Muziekacademie in s'Gravenrijven (Belgium) and was continued at the Maastricht Conservatory, where he obtained his diplomas as a teaching and performing musician in percussion. Later, this study was supplemented with a chamber music specialisation. Raymond also took lessons and masterclasses with Rainer Seegers (Berliner Philharmoniker), Georg Breier (WDR and Bayreuther Festspiele) and Franz Lang (SWR Baden-Baden).
Raymond gained his orchestral experience with the National and European Youth Orchestra, which eventually resulted in a permanent appointment with the then Limburg Symphony Orchestra (now Philharmonie zuidnederland) as "percussion commander and deputy timpanist". Raymond also works on a freelance-basis for various orchestras in the Netherlands and abroad.
In addition to his career as a percussionist, Raymond Spons completed a training in orchestral conducting with Jan Stulen (Maastricht Academy of Music) in 2003. After several masterclasses with the Promenade Orkest and Het Brabants Orkest, he is currently working with various orchestras as a conductor. As assistant to Jan Stulen, he conducted his first opera (The consul / Menotti) during a coproduction Maastricht Conservatory / Limburg Symphony Orchestra.
Raymond conducted the Limburg Symphony Orchestra and later also Philharmonie zuidnederland more often during the annual series of carnival concerts and worked as assistant conductor for Ed Spanjaard. He also conducted the education project, Revue de cuisine (LSO / theater group “the sequel”).
After more than 10 years as a percussion instructor and arranger (2001), Raymond became a conductor with the Maastrichtse Verkennersband in the marching and show band world, which he did successfully up to and including 2019. He conducted the Tegels Symphony Orchestra from April 2006 to September 2011.
Raymond has been the chief conductor for the Maastricht University Orchestra since January 2005.