About us

Highclere Castle ("Downton Abbey")

The musicians

The Crystal Palace String Quartet is Julia Burkert-Milone and Alice Butcher (violins), Chris Brody (viola) and Sarah Westley (cello).

The members of the quartet are all active London freelance musicians and regularly play for the UK's top orchestras including the English Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Soloists of Covent Garden, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera, Camerata of London and City of London Sinfonia.


We have performed at a wide variety of events for audiences that have included past and current presidents, prime ministers and senior royalty. The venues we have played at include: