PAN-ORTHODOX CHRISTMAS CONCERT
December 23rd 2018
By Joanna Magoufakis
Russkaya Cappella were invited to take part in a Pan-Orthodox Christmas concert, at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St Luke in the West End of Glasgow, by the initiative of Fr Mark Mitchell, who is priest there.
REPRESENTING REVOLUTION: THE CHALLENGES OF COMMEMORATION. INTERVIEW WITH SVETLANA ZVEREVA PART II
July 28th 2017
By Ashley Holdsworth
Russkaya Cappella produced a season of concerts in June 2017, Music from the Time of the Earthquake, which featured recently recovered and revived Alexander Kastalsky’s ‘Requiem for Fallen Brothers. Ashley Holdsworth asked Svetlana about the challenges inherent in producing a concert commemorating the events of 1917 in a meaningful and balanced manner.
FINDING KASTALSKY: INTERVIEW WITH SVETLANA ZVEREVA. PART I
July 21st 2017
By Ashley Holdsworth
In June 2017 a rare piece by Alexander Kastalsky, Requiem for Fallen Brothers, which had laid forgotten for many decades, was performed by Russkaya Capella in Glasgow. The choral work was composed in 1917.
THE FIRST FIVE YEARS
June 17th 2015
In June 2015 Russkaya Cappella made three appearances in several Scottish towns: on the 12th at the reception given in Edinburgh by the Consul-General of the Russian Federation in honour of Russia’s National Day; and on the 13th and 14th at full-length concerts in the West Kirk in East Kilbride and Glasgow, the latter – by tradition – as part of the city’s West End Festival.
March 14th 2014
By Svetlana Zvereva and Stuart Campbell
At first it is surprising that choral music brings over a score of people through rain and traffic to the centre of Glasgow each Thursday; from East Kilbride, Kilmarnock, Stirling they come, and out to Edinburgh, Leeds and Paisley, the finished product goes. And on youtube- well, who knows where?
March 26th 2012
Translated from Russian by Eugenia Toft
On March 18, 2012 the latest concert by Russkaya Cappella took place in Kelvingrove Art Gallery. They were joined on this occasion by the Children’s Singing Studio from the Glasgow Russian School, who were performing in public for the first time.
IN MEMORY OF THOSE LOST ON THE ARCTIC CONVOYS
November 30th 2011
By Fred Hay
St Andrew is honoured by all the Christian churches; moreover he is both the patron saint of Scotland and one of Russia’s patron saints – the protector in particular of the Russian navy. The first half of Russkaya Cappella’s St Aloysius concert on 30 November 2011 started with compositions in honour of St Andrew and concluded with music in memory of some 3,000 merchant marine and allied naval personnel of several nationalities who were lost from the Arctic Convoys during the Second World War (to Russians, the Great Patriotic War, Великая Отечественная Война), as they sought to deliver material support to the Soviet arm of the Allied war effort.
INTERVIEW WITH CONDUCTOR ALEKSEY RUDNEVSKY
By Svetlana Zvereva
A new choir was heard for the first time in Edinburgh and Glasgow in January 2010. Set against the Scottish cultural landscape, its name ‘Russkaya Cappella’ looks rather exotic. You might think that people who used to live in Russia and have now settled in Scotland had decided on this Russian name for their choir. And that’s exactly what some Russians hearing the choir do think, and they become rather confused on learning that it’s native Britons who are singing Russian music with a good Russian accent
THE SCOTTISH PREMIÈRE OF SERGEY TANEYEV’S CANTATA “JOHN OF DAMASCUS”
July 26th 2019
By George Lapshynov
22 June 2019 marked the tenth anniversary of Russkaya Cappella. The core of the celebratory performance was Sergey Taneyev’s renown cantata John of Damascus (1884) performed for the first time ever in Scotland and most probably in the UK.
A DECADE OF RUSSIAN CULTURE IN SCOTLAND
June 22nd 2019
By George Lapshynov
Inverview with Svetlana Zvereva on the choir's past achievements, its place in the history of Russian choral tradition, and the choir's exciting future.