Dave (or David) Arch is a British pianist, conductor, arranger and composer who has enjoyed a prolific career covering a broad spectrum of the music business including albums, films and commercials, live and television work.
Though undoubtedly best known for his current role as Musical Director and arranger for BBC Television’s BAFTA winning ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ (2020 will be his fifteenth year), in 2016 Dave realised a long held ambition with the release of his own debut album ‘Coming Home‘. A collection of original compositions featuring around 80 of the UK’s finest musicians the album includes the track ‘Time To Remember’ with vocals by Tommy Blaize that featured at The Royal British Legion’s Remembrance Day concert in Trafalgar Square.
Dave has been active in the recording studio for his whole career. As a keyboardist he has worked on over 200 motion pictures including Oscar winners:
The Shape of Water
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Five of the films from the Harry Potter series
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He has also recorded with/for a wide range of artists including:
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Dave’s early career saw him playing the piano in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and he plays regularly at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club with vocalist Madeline Bell amongst others. He is also often to be heard with various line-ups in jazz clubs and other venues around the London area.
Other notable T.V. career highlights include:
Musical Director for ITV for the last ten Royal Variety Performances, including its hundredth anniversary at the Albert Hall, and for it’s series ‘Stepping Out’, ‘Pop Star to Opera Star’,’All Star Musicals’ and 3 specials for Ball & Boe.
He was Chairperson of the British Jury panel for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest held in Vienna, Austria and in 2019 was greatly honoured to be awarded a fellowship by his former college, The Guildhall School of Music & Drama.