Dr Svetlana Zvereva

Svetlana Zvereva is a graduate of the Leningrad Conservatoire and completed her postgraduate dissertation at the State Institute for the Study of the Arts in Moscow, where she is currently working as a Senior Research Fellow. In Scotland she teaches Russian and Russian phonetics to postgraduate students of singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and works as a consultant and language coach for choirs and soloists. For a number of years, she has been the director of music at the Russian Orthodox parish of St Kentigern, Glasgow,

in the Diocese of Sourozh (Moscow Patriarchate).

In 2009, Svetlana together with her husband Dr. Stuart Campbell founded in Glasgow the choir Russkaya Capella. As a co-director Svetlana created the general concept of development for the choir, selected repertoire and composited the choir’s programmes, supervised the authentic interpretation of the music and the pronunciation of the texts. During the concerts she conducted

the liturgical chants and the folk songs part of the programme.

After Stuart’s death in January 2018 the direction of the choir was passed onto her in its entirety. Svetlana leads the choir as it develops and changes over time using her rich musical expertise and the results of musicological research. Often the choir performs unpublished compositions found by her in the archives, as well as her personal arrangements.  

In 2012 under Svetlana's direction a Children's Singing Studio of Glasgow Russian Orthodox School has been established. Time to time the Studio take the part  in the concerts of Russkaya Cappella and on the city celebrations.  

Svetlana is well known among the international musicological specialists studying Russian music thanks to her publications and many years of participating in international conferences, seminars, lectures in different countries, as well as being the organiser of music festivals,

conferences and exhibitions.

Her Russian monograph Alexander Kastalsky: Ideas, Works and Fate was published in Moscow in 1998, and its second edition was translated into English by Dr. Stuart Campbell and published in 2003 as Alexander Kastalsky: His Life and Music. Dr. Zvereva is the founder and one of the editors of the multi-volume series Russian Sacred Music in Documents and Materials (RSMDM) published in Moscow from 1998. She is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles concerned with Russian music and culture of the late medieval, the late Imperial and the early Soviet period. Since 2002, she has been working on the history of the Russian diaspora. A symposium she edited entitled Russia Abroad: Music and Russian Orthodoxy was published in Moscow in 2013.

Currently, she is writing the chapters on Russian medieval music for the latest multi-volume History of Russian Art and completing the work on the second book of RSMDM 8th volume A.V. Nikolsky and the​ Choral Movements in Russia at the beginning of XX century.


   Most recent published works

  • Русская духовная музыка в документах материалах, том VIII / А. В. Никольский и хоровое движение в России в начале XX века /Книга 1:  Литературно-музыкальное наследие А. В. Никольского.  Науч. ред.: С. Г. Зверева, подг. текста, вступ. ст., коммент.: С. Г. Зверева, А. В. Лебедева-Емелина, Н. А. Потемкина. М., “Языки славянской культуры”, 2017. – 960 c. [Russian sacred music in documents and materials. Vol. 8: A.V. Nikolsky and the​ Choral Movements in Russia at the beginning of  XX  century / Book 1: Musical and literary heritage of A.V. Nikolsky. Comp., ed.: S.G. Zvereva;  authors of the introductory articles and commentaries: S.G. Zvereva,  A.V. Lebedeva-Yemelina, N.A. Potemkina.  Мoscow, ‘Languages of Slavonic culture’, 2017. – 960 p.]

  • Russian Sacred Music beyond the Frontiers of the USSR between the 1920s and the 1940s: Affirming traditions. Seeking new forms // Transcending the Borders of Countries, Transcending the Borders of Countries, Languages, and Disciplines in Russian Émigré Culture / Ed. by Ch. Flamm, R. Marti. A. Raev. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018. P. 247- 271.

  • Music, Culture and the Church “Under the Germans”: soviet territories and the Second World War // The Routledge Handbook to Music under German Occupation. Ed. by D. Fanning and E. Levi. Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge [2019])