David Cullen

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david cullen

David Cullen studied composition with Howard Ferguson and Richard Rodney Bennett at the Royal Academy of Music in the 1960s. Subsequently he has worked as a keyboard player, composer, record producer and arranger. He is best known as the orchestrator of musicals in London and New York, particularly those of Andrew Lloyd Webber – Cats, Starlight Express, Song and Dance, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, By Jeeves, Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Game, The Phantom of the Opera, The Woman in White, Love Never Dies and most recently The Wizard of Oz. He received the New York Drama Desk award for the orchestrations of The Phantom of the Opera, was nominated again for Aspects of Love, and was nominated for a Tony for his re-orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s music for the Broadway production of Swan Lake. Other musicals he has orchestrated include Abbacadabra, Children of Eden, Shogun the Musical, Stepping Out, Edna – the Spectacle, and some London revivals – Can-can, The Baker’s Wife, Carmen Jones and  the Donmar production of Parade. Records which he has arranged include the America album by the King’s Singers, Christmas with Kiri by Kiri te Kanawa, and I Am What I Am by Shirley Bassey and A Different Hat with Paul Carrack and the RPO. He both arranged and produced the albums Music of the Night by Cantabile, Lloyd Webber Plays Lloyd Webber by Julian Lloyd Webber. He has composed music for several UK television series including Relative Strangers, Surgical Spirit and The Bretts. He re-orchestrated sections of Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats and Evita for the movie and video productions. He provided orchestrations for the Disney productions of Geppetto and Cinderella and the movie of The Phantom of the Opera.