Who is Dave Arch? BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s music band leader who performs with his singers and orchestra

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STRICTLY Come Dancing not just loved by audiences for the brilliant dancing, but also for the great live music.

Musical director Dave Arch is the man in charge of the band and singers. Here’s all you need to know about the conductor…

 Musical director and arranger Dave Arch in the man in charge of the band on Stricly Come Dancing

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Musical director and arranger Dave Arch in the man in charge of the band on Stricly Come Dancing

Who is Dave Arch?

David Arch – better known as Dave 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.

He grew up near Henley-On-Thames in Oxfordshire and got his musical training at Guidhall School of Music and Drama.

Dave went on to play piano in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and he continues to play jazz piano at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club with vocalist Madeline Bell.

The talented musician is a pianist but also dabbles with the violin, guitar and bass.

As a keyboardist and pianist, he has working on films including The Imitation Game, Gravity and The Grand Budapest Hotel – as well as five films in the Harry Potter franchise.

Dave began his role as musical director for Strictly Come Dancing in 2006.

He is also the Musical Director for recent productions of the Royal Variety Performance show on ITV as well as shows like Popstar to Operastar.

In 2016, Dave released of his own debut album Coming Home – a collection of original compositions featuring around 80 of the UK’s finest musicians.

Dave has also recorded with legendary artists including Tina Turner, Elton John and Paul McCartney.

 David Arch - better known as Dave Arch - is a British pianist, conductor, arranger and composer who has enjoyed a prolific career

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David Arch – better known as Dave Arch – is a British pianist, conductor, arranger and composer who has enjoyed a prolific career

When is Strictly Come Dancing 2017 on and who are the judges?

Strictly Come Dancing launched on September 9 on BBC One, with the live shows kicking off on September 23.

Strictly always airs on BBC One in two parts. The main show is on Saturday normally around 7pm and the results show airs on Sunday at a similar time.

There will be a Christmas special again in 2017, with the celebrity participants expected to be announced in early November.

This year sees a new judging lineup after head judge Len Goodman retired.

He will be replaced by Shirley Ballas who joins returning judges Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood on the panel.

There will be three new professional dancers joining the existing pros; Dianne Buswell, Amy Dowden and Nadiya Bychkova.

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