St Mary's, Handsworth is called the Cathedral of Industrial Revolution as we have James Watt, Matthew Boulton and William Murdoch reposing in the Church. The Church is currently undergoing an extensive reordering and this will be the first Sunday we will have been back in Church since Candlemas.
This service, on the exact date of James Watt's death, recognises this great inventor 200 years on. Some direct descendant will be in attendance, with the Lord Lieutenant and the Lord Mayor. The Lord Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt Revd David Urquhart, will be the principal officiant and the preacher will be the Rt Revd Colin Sinclair, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. It is fitting that the Bishop, the Moderator and the Rector are all Scots. Music is provided by the St Ignatius Singers under the direction of Paul Carr and the organist will be Gary Cole. The music before the service will be from the Band of the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers and the piper for the lament will be Jamie Mills.