Bang Wenfu

Biography

Bang Wenfu is one of Singapore’s most sought-after music producers, arrangers and composers. Over the years, he has established a distinct creative signature in all of his works, and his versatility enables him to explore a diverse range of musical styles. His active client base ranges from theatre to commercial pop, corporate firms to events companies, schools and institutions.

He is currently working on Kit Chan’s latest album, after successfully musical-directing her 2015 critically-acclaimed sold-out concert “Spellbound”. He made his debut in China’s hugely popular “I Am A Singer” season 3 as Kit’s music arranger the previous year. The first two months of 2016 had been hectic for Wenfu as he produced soundtracks for the 2016 River Hongbao Countdown Fireworks, as well as the well-received “Dragon Dance” segment of the 2016 Chingay Parade. In November 2015 he created the soundtrack for Universal Studio Singapore’s Christmas musical Santa’s All-Star Christmas, while presiding over a series of productions celebrating SG50, including ITE’s massive musical Becoming HOME. His most high-profile ongoing project is in collaboration with Gardens by the Bay and The Light Project to create the immensely successful Garden Rhapsody light & sound show at the Supertree Grove. Currently into its second year of collaboration, the show has reached a nightly global audience and has been featured prominently in TripAdvisor reviews. In 2014, he designed the sand-art soundtrack for Exxon Mobil’s 120th anniversary celebration. In 2013, he produced the soundtrack for Vivo City’s transcendental Christmas show L’imagination. In 2012, he helped the late Iskandar Ismail arrange the theme song and closing ceremony theme of the National Day Parade. In the same year he created the finale item for the Ministry of Manpower Work Safety and Health award ceremony. In 2010, he orchestrated the opening ceremony theme of the Youth Olympic Games, and arranged its official theme song Holding Out For A Hero. In the same year he orchestrated the theme song for the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Award Ceremony. In 2009, he helmed the music for the Ministry of Defence “Total Defence” musical Five Pillar One Roof. In 2007, he was the overall Music Director and arranger for the inaugural Singapore Day in New York mega event. He was the designated music arranger again for Singapore Day in London in 2014.

For the last 20 years he has established himself as one of the leading music arrangers in musical theatre. Highlights of his prolific music arrangement work include Singapore Repertory Theatre’s Forbidden City – Portrait of an Empress (2002), STAGES’ Chestnuts Parody Series (1997-2012), W!LD RICE’s pantomimes Monkey Goes West (2014), Jack and the Bean Sprout (2006), Oi! Sleeping Beauty (2005), Theatre Practice’s Liao Zhai the musical (2016), Lao Jiu the musical (2012), If There’re Seasons (2007), Dream Academy’s Great World Cabaret (2015), Pangdemonium’s Little Voice (2014), Sing Theatre’s La Vie En Rose (2015) and A French Kiss (2013), Resorts World Sentosa’s CNY Gala Musical Extravaganza (2015 & 2016) and Lightseeker (2013), Toy Factory’s December Rains (2015 & 2010). Other notable theatre productions featuring his music include W!LD RICE’s Family Outing; Homesick; Hypochondriac; OTOT, Toy Factory’s Mergers & Wills; The Morning People; Chess Master, SRT’s Much Ado About Nothing; Oleanna, I-Theatre’s Sing To The Dawn; Moon Bird; Arabian Nights; You Are Special, Singapore Airlines’ Heart Over Heels, Action Theatre’s Women On Canvas; Manhood; Makan Drama, Ingot Arts’ Art & Life – A Sondheim Revue, STAGES’ Loving Them; Invade My Privacy; H is for Hantu, Theatreworks’ National Broadway Company, Spare Room Production’s It’s My Life the musical among others.

In the pop industry, apart from Kit Chan, he is most well-known for his near 20-year collaboration with music producer Eric Ng, producing string arrangements for dozens of top-selling albums of Chinese pop artistes such as Stefanie Sun, Tanya Chua, Jolin Tsai, Sandy Lam, Fish Leong, A Mei, Show Luo, Wakin Chau, Jaycee Chan, Wu Jiahui, amongst others. He has recently started working independently on Wakin Chau’s indie releases. He has also produced the EPs of a few of Singapore’s top music acts, including The Sam Willows, Ng Ling Kai, Strait Groove, Gareth Fernandez.

On the commercial front, he wrote the jingles for Disney’s Summer Idents 2013, and a series of TV Idents for CCTV. He scored the soundtrack for the international release of Clang animation series in 2008 which was aired in more than six countries He co-wrote the film soundtrack for Royston Tan’s groundbreaking hit movie-musical 881, and his controversial short film Cut. He has also written jingles for various major clienteles, including DBS, OCBC, Classified Ads, LTA, Mediacorp, JTC and many more. In 2004, he scored Changi Airport’s long-running mini-musical Fly Me To The Moon, Lady.

He is also very active in promoting and producing musical theatre for schools. From 2001 to present, he has composed, arranged and musical directed more than 30 shows. Highlights include the 900-strong cast of Nanyang, Sing – the musical for Nanyang Girls’ Schools 95th anniversary, From Eve to Mary – Walking with Women for Methodist Girls’ School, Faith, Hope & Love for CHIJ Toa Payoh, West Side Story for Anglo Chinese Junior College, The Magic of Home for Raffles Girls School, Whitley Top 40 for Whitley Secondary School. His choral arrangements have also been used in SYF competitions contributing to Gold with Honours award. In 2014 he marked his artistic directorial debut in a dance musical The Iridescent Dream for Methodist Girls’ School.

As a pianist/keyboardist, he has played in numerous musicals such as Company, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fantasticks!, They’re Playing Our Song, Chang & Eng, A Twist of Fate, Kampong Amber.

At present, Wenfu has composed/arranged well over 500 pieces of music and is constantly evolving his style to cater to industry preferences and consumer tastes.