Dave Arch

Dave ArchDave studied piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and played keyboards with NYJO in the late 80s/early 90s, since when he has become a very in-demand musician, conductor, arranger and composer.

His performances, compositions and arrangements cover a broad cross-section of the music business, from albums, films and commercials, through to television and live work

He is probably best known today as the arranger and music director of BBC TV’s Strictly Come Dancing Orchestra, for which he is also the pianist and guitarist. He took on this role in 2006 after working on the spin offs Strictly Dance Fever, Strictly African Dancing and the vocal equivalent, Just the Two of Us.

He has also been the music director for three Royal Variety Performances, including the hundredth anniversary edition, and was MD for Pop Star to Opera Star on ITV. All of these shows featured substantially-sized live bands – and most were broadcast live.