The composer first came to public attention in 2001 with a community production of his musical John Paul Jones (John Paul Jones Original Cast Recording), based on the life of the Scots-born sailor and hero of the American Revolution. The musical was revived professionally in 2010 in association with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Julian's specific interest in German history is reflected in Treptow for string orchestra or string quartet (2005), his most-performed work. His Piano Quintet (including Piano Quintet: 1st Movement) was released on Circular Records in November 2007 on an album entitled Frontiers and Bridges, performed by the Edinburgh Quartet and produced by Calum Malcolm.
Julian's chamber opera Breathe Freely was premiered in a production supported by Scottish Opera and conducted by Derek Clark in 2013. A recording of the opera is available on the Linn Records label.
Julian Wagstaff's music is widely performed in the UK beyond. A comprehensive online catalogue may be found here: http://www.julianwagstaff.com/catalogue
Julian performs rock music under the name Jules Reed, including in Edinburgh-based band The Firrenes.