I already mentioned seeing my former boss, Jan Rowland, at Temple Church for the opening event of the ISO Congress. This organ was recently refurbished by the organ builder, Harrison & Harrison of Durham. Temple Church was damaged during the Blitz in WWII, including the organ. The owner of a estate in Aberdeenshire had an organ in his ball-room that he wanted sell. The famous 20th century organist, Sir George Thalden-Ball took him up on the offer.
When I first visited the UK in 1980, I was most fortunate to have visited Temple Church one Sunday afternoon, only to notice Sir George still there after Evensong, chatting with a lady. When they were finished, I introduced myself. He was so gracious! He took my up to the console and started improvising - demonstrating various stops for me, and talking continuously! That was one the most memorable 30 minutes in my life!
He died only a few years later.
So, having not gotten to Mass yet, I headed for a pretty church nearby - Immaculate Conception, maintained now by Jesuits. It was a regular OF Mass, no music, for mostly 20-something Londoners. It was reverent, but it did contain some things in the Sanctuary that you might expect from Jesuits. The Church is beautiful!
Back to my room for bed, and trying to catch up on sleep. I'm running a day behind blogging - I'll try to catch up tomorrow.