Julian Wagstaff, Scottish opera Composer, Arranger and Guitarist (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK)

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MAJOR CURRENT PROJECTS:

Breathe Freely - a 'chemistry opera' by Julian Wagstaff

The Firrenes - Scottish Singer/Songwriter-based band feat. Jules Reed and Clare Cairns

John Paul Jones - epic musical about the American Revolutionary hero

The Turing Test opera - Support the UK Tour 2013!

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Julian Wagstaff is a composer of classical music, opera and musicals / musical theatre.

He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK) where he is also active as a writer, arranger and guitarist.

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A recording of Julian's recent short opera Breathe Freely is now available on the Linn Records label. The CD of the opera was produced and engineered by Calum Malcolm, conducted by Derek Clark and supported by Scottish Opera and the University of Edinburgh. The CD, which also features a recording of the composer's piano trio A Persistent Illusion, was launched at a most successful and enjoyable event at the Royal Society of Chemistry in London on 13 October 2015 and is now widely available through record stores and online outlets.

The composer's work includes chamber music, symphonies, songs, musicals and chamber opera and is frequently performed in the UK, Europe and beyond. Julian regularly works with Scotland's top professional classical ensembles - he has recently collaborated with Scottish Opera, Hebrides Ensemble, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Edinburgh Quartet, Consort of Voices and many more. He is also in demand as a teacher and as a speaker, particularly in relation to his musical works informed by the natural sciences, and has run numerous successful workshops with school and college students across Scotland. He holds a PhD in Music from the University of Edinburgh.

Julian Wagstaff is currently working with a new Scottish-based ensemble named Fliskmahoy!, comprising the singers Frances Cooper, Emma Versteeg and Carole Clarke, and the violinist Kate Miguda. Two new songs premièred in Dundee in June 2018. He has also written the string and woodwind arrangements for the new album 'Door Too Wide' by Edinburgh rock band The Firrenes, due for release on 9 November 2018. The song Burn Brighter, which appears on the album, is a semi-finalist in the 2018 Listen Up Music Songwriters' Festival (credited to Jules Reed, Julian's "rock alias"). Full details can be found here.

This official composer website (julianwagstaff.com) contains information on most of Julian's music, including Listen to Julian Wagstaff's music MP3 sound files, perusal scores and programme notes, plus links and information on past and future performances. For all enquiries, including those relating to the commissioning of new work, please contact Julian directly via the Contact page.

Scottish composer Julian Wagstaff's best-known works include the chamber operas The Turing Test (based on Alan Turing's famous test for artificial intelligence in a machine) and Breathe Freely (set in Edinburgh during the Second World War), the musical John Paul Jones (based on the life of the Scots-born hero of the American Revolution), and numerous instrumental works including the Piano Quintet, Treptow and the Symphony for Chamber Orchestra.

Media professionals: Please visit the composer's press page at www.julianwagstaff.com/press for the latest press release and royalty-free visuals.

Europa Edition classical music publisher Julian Wagstaff is published by Europa Edition Ltd, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Julian writes, records and performs rock music under the name Jules Reed, including with Edinburgh band The Firrenes. His CD Five Songs for Your Consideration is available now - click Here for the website.

You can browse scores and CDs by Julian Wagstaff on Amazon and Sheet Music Plus, or listen for free on YouTube or SoundCloud. You can subscribe to Julian's mailing list here.

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