Julian Wagstaff

Creator, Performer (individual), Project management/Production
Professional skills Arranging, Typesetting, PR, Programme notes, Research, Orchestration

Born in Edinburgh in 1970, composer Julian Wagstaff studied Composition with Professor Nigel Osborne, gaining his PhD in 2008. Known for his work in the theatre and concert hall, Julian has worked with most of Scotland’s professional ensembles over the years, including the Edinburgh Quartet, Hebrides Ensemble, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Opera, and has recorded with the country’s leading producers, including Calum Malcolm among many others. His works are regularly performed and broadcast across the UK and internationally, and have been heard live in numerous countries including Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, the USA, Italy, Australia, the Netherlands and Denmark.

Julian Wagstaff’s theatre music includes the opera The Turing Test, which was a sell-out hit on the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The opera was cited as the cultural highlight of the year by the novelist Alexander McCall Smith in the Daily Telegraph’s Review of the Year.

In November 2021, the national German radio network Deutschlandfunk broadcast a 45-minute programme dedicated to the composer's life and music, including extensive musical excerpts and interviews conducted in German.

In addition to is work in concert music, Julian writes and performs rock music under the name Jules Reed, including with Edinburgh band The Firrenes. He is published by Europa Edition, and his music appears on the Linn Records and Circular Records labels.

His website can be found at

Residence/Main Office Edinburgh
Year of birth 1970
Contact email


Title Year composed Instrumentation Genre
Piano Quintet 2002 Ensemble (no conductor)
Treptow 2005 Ensemble (with conductor)
John Paul Jones 2001 Stage and ensemble
Breathe Freely 2013 Stage and ensemble
A Persistent Illusion 2011 Ensemble (no conductor)
In Extremis 2011 Ensemble (no conductor)
Symphony for Chamber Orchestra 2005 Ensemble (with conductor)
Herbridean Sunset Rag 2006 Ensemble (no conductor)
The Turing Test 2007 Stage and ensemble
Symphonic Overture from John Paul Jones 2004 Ensemble (with conductor)
See the full list of works by Julian Wagstaff

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