Historic St Paul’s Church in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham is hosting a number of events to celebrate the life and legacy of inventor James Watt.

Watt lived in the area when he first moved to Birmingham and attended the church alongside his business partner Matthew Boulton.

Three key events are taking place in the Church as part of the Watt 2019 celebrations:

  • On the weekend of June 14, 15 and 16 – the Church is hosting a Flower Festival. 
  • There will also be special “Musical Tribute to Watt” on Saturday, June 15, starting at 7 p.m. The event will feature music and readings from the life and times of James Watt, followed by a drinks reception. On the bill will be VIVAT! Choir, Matthew Edwards (Countertenor), Matthew Wood (Organ), and Richard Edwards (Piano). Tickets, priced £7 (£5), will be available on the door (and also online here).
  • On Saturday, September 21, St Paul’s will host “Watt’s Orbit”, described as “a transcendental tribute to James Watt” – a concert created using the sounds of Watt’s steam engines. Doors will open at 7.30 p.m. for an 8.15 p.m. performance. Buy tickets online. (You can read more about this on a separate story on this website.)

Find out more about St. Paul’s and the tributes to Watt by clicking the video below.

The Reverend Canon Andrew Gorham – the priest in charge of St Paul’s – says that people from all over the world come to visit the imposing building.

You can find out more about the Church’s history online.

You can also visit the building for yourself. A printed guide is available within the Church for visitors to buy.

St Paul’s Church is normally open on Mondays (from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.); Wednesdays (from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Fridays (from 8 a.m. to noon), and on Sundays for the 10.30 a.m. service. It is normally closed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

For enquiries,  call 0121-236-7858 or email: enquiries@stpaulsjq.church

St Paul's Church in the Jewellery Quarter of central Birmingham, England.
St Paul’s Church in the Jewellery Quarter of central Birmingham, England.