Fiona Brice

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Fiona Brice
Fiona Brice Placebo 20100911.jpg
Background information
OriginNorthampton, England
GenresContemporary classical
Alternative rock
Pop music
InstrumentsViolin/Electric violin
Associated actsPlacebo[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 an English composer, orchestral arranger and violinist.[8]

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 performs solo and released her solo debut Postcards From in June 2016 through Bella Union.[9]


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, Ed Sheeran 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 focused 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 John Grant, Midlake, Roy Harper, Stephanie Dosen and several of their other artists.

As an orchestral arranger when has worked with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Sinfonia Cymru, Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, Metropol Orchestra and Zurich Chamber Orchestra.


Fiona Brice had worked with various other bands until approached by members of the band Placebo to write music with them. Brice collaborated with the band on numerous albums, her latest being their 2009 album "Battle for the Sun".[10] Brice played shows with the band until she ultimately began touring with the band and performing violin onstage with the other members of the band.[11] Whilst being involved with Placebo, she continues to work with other artists, notably Michael J. Sheehy and Patrick Wolf, and writes original orchestral music. After countless shows, it was announced on 19 June 2017 on Placebo's Instagram page that Brice would be stepping down from her role on tour with the band.[12]


Orchestral arrangements include the following albums:

  • Scott Michael Cavagan – Standing In The Rain (2017) (backing vocals)
  • Placebo – "MTV Unplugged" (2015) (string arrangements, violin, piano, backing vocals, whirly tube, glockenspiel)
  • John Grant with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra – Live in Concert (2014) (orchestral arrangements, additional vocals & piano)
  • 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


  1. ^ a b "Interview : Fiona Brice Talks about Touring with Placebo". Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "140db Producers: Fiona Brice". Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Vashti Bunyan: Learning another life". Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  4. ^ "The Far-out Folk Interviews: Vashti Bunyan". Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Fiona Brice – Violinist, Orchestral Arranger and Composer". Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Fiona Brice – Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Discogs: Dream City Film Club – In The Cold Light Of Morning". Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Event review: the London Mozart Players in Fiona Brice's 'Relationships' at Matthews Yard, Friday 19th May - The Croydon Citizen". The Croydon Citizen. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Fiona Brice details debut solo LP Postcards From, shares first taste "Berlin"". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
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