Fiona Brice

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Fiona Brice
Fiona Brice Placebo 20100911.jpg
Background information
Born 5 november
Origin Northampton, England
Genres Contemporary classical
Alternative rock
Instruments Electric violin
Associated acts Placebo[1][2]
Patrick Wolf[2]
John Grant[2]
Vashti Bunyan[3][4]
Stephanie Dosen[2]
Kanye West[2][5]
Howard Jones[2][6]
Michael J. Sheehy[2][6]
Anthony Reynolds[2]
Dream City Film Club[7]

Fiona Brice is a composer, orchestral arranger and violinist. She is known as sidewoman with the alternative rock band Placebo.

Brice writes orchestral arrangements for various artists and has toured and recorded with several major pop and rock acts, including Placebo, Kanye West, Sugababes, Boy George, Westlife, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Patrick Wolf and Simply Red. In addition, she conducts a solo career (with the latest album, The Separate, released in July 2012)[8] and works as a songwriter with other artists.

Involvement with Placebo[edit]

Her first engagement with Placebo was in 2005, contributing the string arrangements on Meds. Some years later, in December 2008, Brice joined Placebo for their singular live performance in Angkor Wat. There, she played the violin part on unique re-arrangements of several Placebo songs. In between, Brice also provided string arrangements in the studio recording of Battle for the Sun.

As Placebo continued to tour in 2009, before and after the release of Battle for the Sun, Brice joined them, rendering live the violin sounds identified with the album. She is the first-ever female Placebo member, either core or sideman.


After graduating from King's College London and the Royal Academy of Music, London, Brice started playing violin onstage with Dream City Film Club and featured on their album "In the Cold Light of Morning" (Beggars Banquet, 1999). Around this time she also began performing with other London-based acts including Tram, Suzanne Rhatigan, Simon Breed, Menlo Park and Jack. Michael J. Sheehy's solo album "Sweet Blue Gene" was the first album to feature Brice's string arrangements.

Brice then spent several years as a session violinist in London, appearing regularly on TV with numerous Top 40 Chart Acts including Kanye West, Will Young, Gorillaz, Westlife, Il Divo, Sugababes, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Boy George, Ian Brown and Ronan Keating (Live from Abbey Road, Popworld, Top of the Pops, Strictly Come Dancing, This Morning, Parkinson) whilst still writing and performing with lesser known artists. More recently, she has focussed on arranging and performing with more alternative-minded artists and singer/songwriters. Brice has a long-term connection with Bella Union Records and has written, toured and recorded with Simon Raymonde and several of their other artists. Whilst being involved with Placebo, she continues to work with other artists, notably Michael J. Sheehy and Patrick Wolf, and writes original orchestral music.

Fiona is represented by 140dB Management.


Orchestral arrangements include the following albums:

  • Anna Calvi – "One Breath" (2013) (string arrangements, conducting)
  • Placebo – "Loud Like Love" (2013) (string arrangements)
  • John Grant – "Pale Green Ghosts" (2013) (string & brass arrangements)
  • The SeparateOrchestral Variations V.01 (2012) (string arrangements)
  • Sarah Jaffe – "The Body Wins" (2012) (orchestral arrangements)
  • Patrick Wolf – "Lupercalia" (2011) (orchestral arrangements)
  • John Grant – Queen of Denmark (2010) (arrangements, violin)
  • Placebo – Battle for the Sun (2009)
  • Patrick Wolf – The Bachelor (2009)
  • Michael J. Sheehy and the Hired Mourners – The Rise and Fall of Francis Delaney (2009) (arrangements, violin)
  • Gemma RayLights Out Zoltar! (2009) (arrangements, violin)
  • Lucas RenneyStrange Glory (2009)
  • Howard JonesOrdinary Heroes (2009)
  • Andy HunterColour (2008)
  • Amy StudtMy Paper Made Men (2008) (Track "Walking Out")
  • Anthony ReynoldsBritish Ballads (2008) (arrangements, violin)
  • Kate NashMade of Bricks (2007)
  • Kill the YoungProud Sponsors of Boredom (2007) (Track "Television Show")
  • Kelly JonesOnly the Names have been Changed (2007)
  • Stephanie DosenA Lily for the Spectre (2007) (arrangements, violin)
  • Michael J. Sheehy – Ghost on the Motorway (2007) (arrangements, violin)
  • The ServantHow to Destroy a Relationship (2006)
  • The FeelingTwelve Stops and Home (2006) (Track "I Miss You") (arrangements, violin)
  • Placebo – Meds (2006)
  • Ed HarcourtThe Beautiful Lie (2005) (Tracks "You Only Call Me When You're Drunk" and "The Drug")
  • ClearlakeAmber (2005) (arrangements, violin)
  • Vashti BunyanLookaftering (2005) (Track "The Same but Different") (additional arrangement, violin)
  • The JeevasCowboys and Indians (2004) (Tracks "Back Home" and "How Much do You Suck?") (violin)
  • Mr Wright – Goodnight Baby (2004) (arrangements, violin)
  • TramA Kind of Closure (2002) (string and brass arrangements, violin)
  • Michael J. Sheehy – Ill Gotten Gains (2001) (arrangements, violin)
  • Tram – Frequently Asked Questions (2000) (arrangements, violin)
  • Michael J. Sheehy – Sweet Blue Gene (2000) (arrangements, violin)
  • Dream City Film ClubIn the Cold Light of Morning (1998) (arrangements, violin)


Brice appeared in the following films:

  • The Making of Battle for the Sun: The Album (Placebo documentary)
  • Vashti Bunyan: From Here to Before (documentary directed by Kieran Evans)
  • Donavon Frankenreiter, The Abbey Road Sessions
  • Kanye West – Late Orchestration (Kanye West live at Abbey Road)
  • David Axelrod Live at the Royal Festival Hall


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