Julian Wagstaff

Major current projects:

Breathe Freely - a 'chemistry opera' by Julian Wagstaff

Jules Reed - Scottish Singer/Songwriter and Guitarist

John Paul Jones - epic musical about the American Revolutionary hero

The Turing Test opera - Support the UK Tour 2013!

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Scottish Opera
Scottish Opera is Scotlandís national opera company and the largest performing arts organisation in Scotland. Scottish opera generously supported the 2013 premiere production of Julian Wagstaff's chamber opera Breathe Freely.

Hebrides Ensemble
Hebrides Ensemble is Scotland's foremost contemporary music group, specialising in new, twentieth and twenty-first century chamber music, music theatre and chamber opera. Hebrides Ensemble gave the first performance of Julian Wagstaff's trio A Persistent Illusion in December 2011.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Formed in 1974, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) is one of Scotlandís five National Performing Arts Companies and is internationally recognised for its innovative approach to music-making and programme planning. The SCO performed a new concert version of Julian Wagstaff's musical John Paul Jones at the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh in September 2010.

Consort of Voices
Based in Edinburgh and founded in 1991, the Consort of Voices (COV) specialises in performances of a cappella music and small-scale choral repertoire from the 15th century to the present day; it is one of the most versatile groups of its kind. COV joined the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for two performances of a new concert version of Julian Wagstaff's musical John Paul Jones in September 2010 in Edinburgh.

Theatrical Solutions
Cultural management company run by David Williams and David Evans. David Williams is executive producer on John Paul Jones.

John Paul Jones musical
Website of Julian Wagstaff's musical John Paul Jones, about the Scots-born hero of the American Revolution.

The Turing Test opera
Website of Julian Wagstaff's opera The Turing Test, about the quest for human-level intelligence in a machine.

Edinburgh University School of Chemistry
The School of Chemistry chose to appoint Julian Wagstaff as its Composer in Residence in its Tercentenary Year 2013, and commissioned a new short opera entitled Breathe Freely for performance in Edinburgh's Assembly Rooms on 24 October of that year. Edinburgh University is widely regarded as the 'cradle' of modern chemistry.

The Edinburgh Quartet
Scotland's foremost professional string quartet, indeed the country's only full-time professional chamber ensemble, the Edinburgh Quartet are resident at Napier University and give regular concerts in Edinburgh and Glasgow in addition to their near-constant touring commitments. The internationally renowned quartet recorded my Piano Quintet in 2004, and gave the first performance of the string quartet version of Treptow in 2006.

Europa Edition
Contemporary sheet music publisher based in Edinburgh, publishers of Julian Wagstaff's Piano Quintet.

Jules Reed
Julian Wagstaff's rock 'alter ego'. Julian writes, performs and records rock music under the name Jules Reed.

Calum Malcolm
Calum Malcolm is one of the UK's top audio professionals. Over the years he has worked with some of the greatest artistes in Rock, Pop, Classical, Jazz and Traditional music. Calum produced and engineered the Edinburgh Quartet's 2007 album Frontiers and Bridges, featuring Julian Wagstaff's Piano Quintet, and the 2014 recording of Julian's opera Breathe Freely.

Omar Shahryar
London-based director, composer and workshop leader, specialising in opera. Director of the highly successful premiere production of Julian Wagstaff's chamber opera Breathe Freely, performed in Edinburgh's Assembly Rooms on 24 October 2013.

Lyreka is a community where music lovers like yourself can find song meanings and share thoughts or interpretations on any song lyrics.

Silviya Mihaylova
Bulgarian-born pianist Silviya Mihaylova is currently based in Glasgow, UK where she enjoys a busy life as a solo performer, chamber musician and teacher. Silviya served as repetiteur for the production and recording rehearsals for Julian's 2013 opera Breathe Freely.

Opera Scotland
The foremost online resource for the artform in Scotland. Opera Scotland is a "one-stop-shop", including interviews, opera listings, historical information and much more.

Edinburgh Popular Music Choir
The Edinburgh Popular Music Choir has male and female members from age 18 right up to 68. It has members who are university students, doctors, shop assistants, unemployed, retired, teachers, directors... to name but a few!

Helen Wilding
Website of actor, singer and cabaret artist Helen Wilding, who played the part of Countess Nicolson in the 2010 production of John Paul Jones by composer Julian Wagstaff.

Sutherland Duo
Winners of the Enterprise Music Scotland Award 2010 - 2012, the Sutherland Duo are an eclectic and energetic duo featuring Christina Lawrie on piano and Harriet Mackenzie on violin. Both former Park Lane Group Young Artists, they have each performed at prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St Martin in the Fields and Cadogan Hall, and have given live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.

ascus - art science collaborative
ASCUS is an active group through which members can further explore the potential of cross-disciplinary collaboration between the arts and sciences. The group is based in Edinburgh.

Persevere Music (guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher)
Are you looking for guitar, bass guitar or music theory tuition in Edinburgh? Look no further than Persevere Music based in Leith, Edinburgh - run by Julian's brother, Roland Wagstaff.

Luci Holland - composer and orchestrator
My friend Luci's new website, offering composing and orchestration services. Includes online samples.

Graham McLeod
Website of Edinburgh guitarist Graham McLeod. Includes audio and video samples.

Julian Wagstaff's MySpace page
Julian's music page on the popular social networking site.

Circular Records
Run by Ged Brockie and Adam Armit, this local independent record label boasts an eclectic roster of acts, and is home to the Edinburgh Quartet album Frontiers and Bridges, which features Julian Wagstaff's Piano Quintet.

John Canmore
Scottish actor and voiceover artist based in London. John played the part of Benjamin Franklin in Julian Wagstaff's musical John Paul Jones, and is also an accomplished Burns Supper speaker.

Kim Hickey
American flautist based in the New Orleans area.

Beeston Arts Management
Arts management company based in Edinburgh specialising in providing string quartets, trios, and other chamber ensembles for weddings and corporate events.

Ged Brockie
Website of Scottish guitarist and composer Ged Brockie, with scores, MP3s, concert dates, links, photos and contact info.

James Lowe - Conductor
Website of conductor James Lowe. James is a former Associate Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and star of the Channel 4 series Orchestra United. He conducted the Edinburgh Quartet CD Frontiers and Bridges, produced by Calum Malcolm and Julian Wagstaff, which features Julian's Piano Quintet.

Musicalics (formerly Classical Composers Database)
An excellent online resources for information about classical composers. Includes biographies, compositions, news, concerts etc.

Donald Black - Scottish Celtic Harmonica
"The instrument's foremost exponent in Scottish traditional music" (Scotland on Sunday). Visit Donald's website for gig dates, CDs, pictures and more.

Edinburgh Guitar Repair Centre
The Edinburgh Guitar Repair Centre is a top of the line workshop that believes in high quality craftsmanship when repairing musical instruments.

Armada - the musical
Website of the musical 'Armada' by Rob Winlow a gripping romantic comedy portraying the courage of a remarkable girl who fends off the mighty Spanish Armada.

The JabberWacky AI
Have an entertaining chat with an online Artificial Intelligence! It will learn from what you say, and even create the virtual you. Can it pass your own Turing Test?

Edinburgh Studio Opera
Formerly the Edinburgh University Opera Club, this company produced the sell-out run of Julian Wagstaff's chamber opera The Turing Test on the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, to critical acclaim.

Alan Turing Home Page
Website dedicated to the life and work of Alan Turing. Maintained by Andrew Hodges, author of the book Alan Turing - The Enigma, an important source for Julian's opera The Turing Test.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The famous Edinburgh Fringe. The world's biggest arts festival!

The Scottish Music Centre
The premiere on-line resource for all Scottish traditional and concert music. Includes composer profiles. The Scottish Music centre keeps detailed information on past performances of all of Julian's works, and publishes several of them.

Thomas Butler - Conductor
Tom Butler is a composer and conductor based in Glasgow. He conducted Julian's opera The Turing Test on the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Music in KB
Website of the music society at King's Buildings, the science campus of Edinburgh University, where Julian Wagstaff was appointed Composer in Residence in 2010.

Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble (ECME)
ECME is a non-profit organisation that exists to give high-quality performances of new orchestral works by contemporary composers.

Low-cost guitar transcription software, produced by RoboSens Ltd, of which I am the managing director. Lets you plug your guitar into your soundcard and write music with no extra hardware.

Polar Flame Music
Scotland's premiere music tuition company, run by my friend Paul Boyd. Polar Flame are Edinburgh based, and offer tuition in all styles of music (classical, rock, jazz etc) on virtually all instruments, plus theory and composition. Paul is also a successful and respected composer and music promoter in his own right.

Conrad Productions
Mick McGarr's recording company. Mick wrote many of the orchestrations for my musical John Paul Jones, and produced most of the recordings on my Music page including the Jones cast recording. Mick specialises in providing highly cost-effective production solutions for songwriters.

The Rose Street Quartet
Founded by my friends Liz Ford and Pete Harvey, the Rose Street Quartet are one of Edinburgh's most active string quartets. In addition to regular concerts, they are also available for weddings, parties and functions. They occasionally expand in number to become the Rose Street Ensemble, and recorded my Treptow piece in 2005

The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors
The (recently renamed) professional organisation for composers and songwriters in the UK, of which I am a member.

Website of the lyricist and scriptwriter Mike Gibb, with whom I collaborated on the musical play What Goes Around

The Untapped Talent Society
Edinburgh University society of rock, pop and folk musicians. 10 of us toured the UK in September 2002 on a singer-songwriter tour organised by Ben Skuse, playing in pubs and acoustic clubs around the country.

German-English Translations
Julian's German to English translator page.

VB (Visual Basic), VB.Net, C#.Net programmer
Julian's computing/programming page.

English-French Translations
Julian's friend Eleonore Wapler, who provides translations from English into French, as well as French/English interpreting services.

Lisa McCreadie Translation & Interpreting
Julian's friend Lisa McCreadie, who provides translations from French, Spanish and Italian into English, and interpreting services between those languages.