About Us

Russkaya Cappella was founded in August 2009.  We are a small amateur mixed voice choir based in Glasgow and sing usually unaccompanied. The ensemble exists to explore the rich repertory of Russian music for choirs – primarily by singing it.  While there is an emphasis on sacred music, folk music and secular composed music is also represented.

The choir has had two very active years.  We gave over 10 concerts at various venues, such as the Glasgow Cathedral (as part of the St Mungo Festival), the Glasgow University Chapel (during the West End Festival), St Andrew's Cathedral (as part of Lent Fest) and St Andrew's in the Square in Glasgow. Apart giving concerts on our own, we also collaborated twice with the Intercultural Music and Arts Project directed by the composer Dr Kimho Ip, and performed music composed specially for us by Kimho in the multi-art form event In Time The choir has also performed in functions organised by the Russian community such as major Orthodox church services at Christmas and Easter, celebrations at the Russian school, and the celebration of the Russian National Day organised by the Russian Consulate in Edinburgh. We also run workshops and sang in a wedding.  We would be interested in other musical collaborations in the future and are available to sing in weddings and other functions.  

The choir comprises of both Russian and non-Russian singers.  Our musical directors Stuart Campbell and Svetlana Zvereva are both specialists in Russian music. In the first year, we were also very fortunate to benefit from the visit of Professor Alexey Rudnevsky who teaches choral conducting in the Moscow Conservatory. Many of our members do not speak Russian but this is not a barrier because the text we sing has been transliterated and we all share a passion for Russian choral singing.  We are looking for more singers in all voice parts, particularly tenors.  We rehearse on Thursday from 7.15 to 9.30pm in Unitarian Centre, 72 Berkeley Street, Glasgow.  If you are interested in joining the choir, please contact us.


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An article about our concert at the St Andrew's Cathedral:



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