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22nd October 2005

Dear All
Received from a member.

Best wishes

12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ. Tel: 020
7602 3316

Leighton House Museum is the former studio-house of the great Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896).
Located on the edge of London's Holland Park, the house is one of the most extraordinary buildings of the nineteenth century.
The sumptuous interiors are hung with important paintings by Leighton and his contemporaries
including John Everett Millais, Edward Burne-Jones and George Frederick Watts.
The Museum provides an unforgettable insight into Leighton's private world and is a unique venue for
the understanding and appreciation of Victorian art and architecture.

Fire in a dark winter night

Loyko in London

Leighton House Museum
12 Holland Park Road
Thursday the 2nd February 2006

In Aid of the Restoration of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition
of the Mother of God and All Saints


Loyko was established in 1990 by Sergey Erdenko (originally as a duet with Igor Staroselzev). During the existence of the band (almost 14 years), many high-class musicians have played in it: Oleg Ponomarev (violin), Vadim Kulitzkiy (guitar), Leonsia Erdenko (vocal, percussion), Alexey Bezlepkin (guitar). Frequent tours and festivals gave Loyko many ideas from Celtic, Romanian, Hungarian and classical music. Now Sergey Erdenko plays with two new members – George Osmolovskiy and Michael Savichev.

Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God and All Saints
67 Ennismore Gardens, London SW7 1NH
Registered charity number 254025

With the blessing of Bishop Basil of Sergievo and Archbishop Anatoly of Kerch
On Pascha, 1st May, 2005, Bishop Basil of Sergievo launched a major appeal in connection with the imminent renovation and redecoration of the Cathedral. This is the first major restoration of the church for nearly 100 years. Bishop Basil called on all parishioners and friends of the Cathedral to support this project to make the Cathedral a place, the beauty of which would be a reflection of the infinite beauty of God, whose house it is.
‘O Lord, I have loved the beauty of Thy house,
and the place where Thy glory dwells.’ (Ps. 25, 8)

Why is this work needed?
 This is the house of God, who should be worshipped in beauty and truth, as far as we are able.
 The Russian Orthodox community in London dates back to the time of Peter the Great. In the 1950s the growing Russian Orthodox parish leased the church in Ennismore Gardens, a fine building dating back to the 1840s. The Orthodox parish bought the building in 1975. We have a moral and statutory responsibility to the local and national community to maintain this Grade II* listed building, with its art and architecture, in a proper way.
 A partial renovation of the interior of the Cathedral took place twenty-five years ago. Regular use by an increasing congregation of worshippers, smoke from candles and incense, and general wear and tear have taken their toll. We should take steps now so that we can hand on a beautiful and serviceable building to the next generation. This will be the first time we have undertaken a full restoration of the church.
 We have a moral and statutory responsibility to all those who enter this building to ensure their safety, and to provide adequate access for those with disabilities.
What has to be done?
A detailed schedule of work has been drawn up with the help of our architects after a thorough survey. Some of the main aspects of the work are outlined here.
 Asbestos has been discovered on the west wall and in the boiler room and has to be removed before other work can begin.
 The whole of the interior of the Cathedral needs redecoration, with minor repairs where necessary.  Sgraffito murals by Heywood Sumner (1853-1940), a member of the Arts and Crafts group, are considered to be of particular artistic interest. These require specialised conservation cleaning.
 Conservation cleaning is also needed for the mosaics, the stained glass and plain leaded lights, the half-dome gilded ceiling in the sanctuary, the woodwork, and the Good Shepherd in the front porch.
 The ten columns in the nave, which are made of cast iron and surmounted by gilded capitals, are to be restored in harmony with the overall appearance of the church.
 The wooden floor of the Cathedral needs repair, cleaning and polishing.
 Doors need to be brought up to modern standards for safety and access.
 The whole plan, including modifications to the lighting arrangements in the nave, is designed to unify the various elements of the building and to focus attention on the iconostasis – the “window of the Kingdom of Heaven”.
What will it cost?
The total cost of the work, including conservation, cleaning, repairs, redecoration, removal of asbestos, and fees for professional advice, is currently estimated at £400,000.
We are grateful to Heritage of London who have contributed £4,000 towards the conservation of the Heywood Sumner sgraffito murals, and to a private donor who has given £50,000 for the renovation project.
• Download and complete the Donation form and send it with your cheque to:
The Treasurer
Cathedral of the Dormition and All Saints
67, Ennismore Gardens
London SW7 1NH
• Transfer funds to our bank account

Bank: CAF Bank
Account name: Russian Orthodox Church in London
Sort code: 40-52-40
Account number: 00003596
Reference: Cathedral Restoration Fund
International Bank Transfers
Bank /Branch: HSBC Ltd
– Poultry & Prince’s Street
Payee: CAF Bank Ltd
Account number: 400530 72138549
Reference: Russian Orthodox Church in London: a/c 00003596
-‘Cathedral Restoration Fund’

Donate Online
You can donate securely online using your debit or credit card by clicking the 'donate now' button to the right.
(Please choose ‘Cathedral Restoration Fund’ in the 'To support' box to ensure that your donation is used for the restoration of the Cathedral.)

If you have a CAF card, you can donate by clicking the CAF button to the right. Please also send an e-mail to specify that your donation is for the Restoration Fund.

Cathedral of the Dormition and All Saints, Ennismore Gardens, London SW7
The west front was rebuilt in the 1890's as a copy of the 12th century Basilica of San Zeno in Verona.

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