Musical directors


Russkaya Cappella is privileged to have the services of joint artistic directors and conductors, Stuart Campbell and Svetlana Zvereva, both highly experienced in relevant fields.


Stuart Campbell

Stuart Campbell studied Russian and Music at the University of Edinburgh and gained his PhD at the University of Glasgow. Dr Campbell also holds the diplomas of Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and Associate of the Royal College of Music.

From 1975 to 2000 Dr Campbell was Lecturer in Music, University Organist and Director of Chapel Music at the University of Glasgow; now he works part-time as Music Subject Specialist in the Centre for Open Studies there, and also teaches music-historical subjects for the Office of Lifelong Learning at the University of Edinburgh.

compiled, translated and annotated two volumes of an anthology of criticism (Russians on Russian Music) published by Cambridge University Press in 1994 and 2003, as well as contributing entries on Russian topics to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, and on Russian and Scottish topics to Die neue Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, the dictionary’s German equivalent. Stuart is a member of the Editorial Board of the Critical Edition of the Complete Works of Sergei Rachmaninoff and a trustee of Musica Scotica. Current projects involve aspects of Musorgsky, Shostakovich and Stravinsky.

Stuart is assistant organist and choirmaster at St Bride’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Glasgow, and is in demand as a deputy and accompanist.



Svetlana Zvereva

Svetlana Zvereva is a Senior Research Fellow at the State Institute for the Study of the Arts in Moscow.

Svetlana is a graduate of the Leningrad Conservatoire who completed her postgraduate dissertation (equivalent to a PhD) at the State Institute for the Study of the Arts. She is an established specialist in Russian sacred music. Her Russian monograph Alexander Kastalsky: Ideas, Works and Fate was published in Moscow in 1998, and its second edition in English as Alexander Kastalsky: his Life and Music by Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, in 2003.

Dr Zvereva is the founder and one of the editors and compilers of the multi-volume series of books Russian Sacred Music in Documents and Materials (RSMDM) published in Moscow from 1998 to 2007. She is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles concerned with Russian sacred music of the late medieval period and the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Since 2002 she has been working on the history of the Russian diaspora. A symposium she edited entitled The Russia Abroad: Music and Russian Orthodoxy was published in Moscow in 2013. Now she is completing a monograph entitled Sergei Rahmaninov and Russian Choir Musicians, and the tenth volume of the RSMDM – Music and Russian Orthodoxy in the Russian Emigration: History and Sources. She has organised concerts, exhibitions and international conferences.

Dr Zvereva has taught Russian and Russian phonetics to postgraduate students of singing at the RSAMD (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and she conducts courses in Russian for the singers of Russkaya Cappella. She is an experienced church choir leader, and for a number of years directed the music at services of the parish of St Kentigern, Glasgow, in the Diocese of Sourozh.