David Cullen studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music in the 1960s with Richard Rodney Bennett. 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 including Cats, Starlight Express, Song and Dance, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, By Jeeves, Whistle Down the Wind, Beautiful Game, The Phantom of the Opera, The Woman in White and Love Never Dies. He received the New York Drama Desk Award for his orchestrations of The Phantom of the Opera, and was Tony-nominated for Aspects of Love and for re-orchestrations of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Other orchestrations include Abbacadabra, Children of Eden, Shogun the Musical, Stepping Out, Edna – The Spectacle, Schikaneder; the London revivals of Can-Can, The Baker’s Wife, Carmen Jones, Parade; The Wizard of Oz; the Disney productions of Geppetto and Cinderella; the recent London production of Company; and the 2019 Chichester production of Oklahoma!.
He has composed music for several UK television series including Relative Strangers, Surgical Spirit and The Bretts, and provided orchestrations for the films of The Phantom of the Opera and Cats.