Julian Wagstaff is a composer of classical music, opera and music theatre.
He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK) where he is also active as a writer, arranger and guitarist.
A recording of Julian's recent short opera Breathe Freely is now available on the Linn Records label. The CD 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 Wagstaff'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.
Julian's work includes chamber music, symphonies, songs, musicals and opera and is frequently performed in the UK, Europe and beyond. Julian regularly works with Scotland's top professional ensembles - he has recently collaborated with Scottish Opera, Hebrides Ensemble, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Edinburgh Quartet, Consort of Voices and many more. Julian 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.
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 website (julianwagstaff.com) contains information on most of Julian's music, including MP3 sound files, perusal scores and programme notes, plus links and information on past and future performances. Full contact details can be found on the Contact page.
Please visit Julian's press page at www.julianwagstaff.com/press for the latest press release and royalty-free visuals.