Musical directors

Russkaya Cappella is devastated almost beyond words by the untimely passing yesterday of our musical co-director, Dr. Stuart Campbell, after a short illness.

We owe Stuart an enormous debt of gratitude; he brought many years of theoretical musicology, practical musicianship, and a profound understanding of Russian language and culture to Scotland’s musical life, and to our choir in particular.

We will miss him very much, and will continue to remember and honour his wisdom, good humour and generosity of spirit in our performances, rehearsals and participation in church services.

Our deepest condolences and much love go to his wife Svetlana Zvereva and their family.


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 2017. 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.