David Arch, better known as Dave Arch, is a pianist, conductor, arranger and composer with a prolific career covering albums, films and commercials, television and live performances.
Arch is best known for his role as Musical Director and arranger for BBC Television’s BAFTA winning Strictly Come Dancing. In October 2016 Arch released his debut album consisting of his own compositions and including collaborations with his son, his father and ‘Strictly’ colleague Tommy Blaize. 'Coming Home' was recorded and co-produced by Haydn Bendall at Abbey Road, Air, Rak and Strongroom studios.
Arch grew up in Sonning Common, near Henley-on-Thames, South Oxfordshire and attended Chiltern Edge School and King James College, Henley-on-Thames, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Arch is best known for his role as Musical Director and arranger for BBC Television's Strictly Come Dancing, joining in 2006 after working as Musical Director on two series of Strictly Dance Fever, and Just the Two of Us (TV series). He was also Musical Director for recent productions of the Royal Variety Performance for ITV, including in 2012, the hundredth anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall, and for ITV's series Stepping Out (UK TV series) and Popstar to Operastar.
In 2013, Arch was musical director and band leader for the television special When Miranda Met Bruce.
Arch was commissioned to produce the original themes and stings for the British television broadcaster GMTV (broadcast between 1993 and 2010). Subsequent themes were all based on his original melody.
In 1986, Arch recorded a series of LPs on red vinyl for UK-based Cavendish Music Library, which also featured Ray Russell on guitar. In 2005, Arch played keyboards for the Greg Lake Band.