Petersburg Governor Beglov helped deliver an old harmonium to the Dormition Vyshensky Monastery in the Shatsky District

A harmonium appeared in the museum of St. Theophan the Recluse Vyshensky in the Shatsk region.

The ancient instrument previously belonged to the famous pianist, professor of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Doctor of Arts, member of the Union of Composers, Honored Art Worker of the Russian Federation Sergey Maltsev (1942–2021).

After the death of Sergei Mikhailovich, his widow Leyla Huseynova initially planned to sell the harmonium. Vyshensky Monastery wanted to purchase an instrument for the museum of St. Theophan the Recluse. Then Leyli Huseynova decided to donate the monastery’s harmonium.

Great help in organizing the delivery of the instrument to the monastery was provided by the governor of St. Petersburg, Alexander Beglov.

Saint Theophan studied playing the harmonium. In his letters to his spiritual daughter, he advised not to leave her musical studies. “The harmonium is very capable of properly expressing church singing,” wrote Saint Theophan.

Now this instrument has taken its rightful place in the monastery museum.