Theatre: David Cullen has worked mainly as an orchestrator of musicals, most notably those of Andrew Lloyd Webber — Cats, Starlight Express, Song and Dance, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, By Jeeves, Whistle Down the Wind and The Beautiful Game. Other musicals which he has orchestrated include Abbacadabra, Jeeves, Shogun the Musical (in New York), Children of Eden, Edna — The Spectacle, Stepping Out and three London revivals: Can-Can, The Baker’s Wife and Carmen Jones.
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. He both arranged and produced the albums Music of the Night for Cantabile and Lloyd Webber Plays Lloyd Webber for Julian Lloyd Webber.
Film and television: Jesus Christ Superstar (Really Useful Films). David has orchestrated much film and television music for Carl Davis: Show People, The Crowd, The Thief of Baghdad, Our Hospitality and Champions. He provided the orchestrations for the Disney productions of Cinderella and Geppetto. He has contributed original themes and incidental music to three television series: The Bretts, Relative Strangers and Surgical Spirit.
Awards: he won the New York Drama Desk Award for his orchestrations of The Phantom of the Opera and was nominated again the following year for Aspects of Love.
David lives in East Sussex with his wife Jessie and children Poppy and Richard.