Two of the region's most vibrant festivals hold late-night events this evening.
St Mary's Church in Warwick is the venue for a presentation of "Music by Candlelight" performed by the Armonico Consort as part of this year's Warwick International Festival.
The Consort's programme of Hildegard von Bingen, John Tavener, Gorecki and Arvo Part begins at 9pm.
Over in the Lady Chapel of Lichfield Cathedral, "Songs in Time of War" brings together works by Astor Piazzolla, Vaughan Williams, Saint-Saens and Alec Roth, with readings from the acclaimed author Vikram Seth. Mark Padmore is tenor soloist in what promises to be an enthralling evening (9pm).
This 25th Lichfield Festival continues with a remarkable concert tomorrow evening when Andras Schiff (who recently wowed Symphony Hall with the penultimate instalment of his complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle) appears as solo pianist, concerto soloist and conductor in an all-Schumann programme with the Philharmonia Orchestra, marking the 150th anniversary of the composer's untimely death.
Schiff begins alone on the platform with Papillons, directs the orchestra from the keyboard in the Introduction and Allegro Appassionato, and conducts the rarely-heard but exhilarating Konzertstuck for Four Horns, ending with the bracing Symphony no.4 (Lichfield Cathedral 7.30pm).
On Saturday Yuval Zorn conducts the lively Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and an energetic quartet of young singers for an evening of highlights from Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte (Lichfield Cathedral 7.30pm), while on Sunday the Cathedral's Lady Chapel is the venue for the Endellion String
Quartet playing works by Martinu, Shostakovich and Britten, interspersed with readings by Samuel West from the poetry of W.H Auden (6pm).
Skipping forward to Tuesday, the Opera Group presents Shostakovich's youthful, iconoclastic and sear-ingly comic The Nose, derived from Gogol. I encountered this production some years ago at Warwick School's Bridge House Theatre, and loved it (Lichfield Garrick 7.15pm).
The same evening Lichfield Cathedral hosts a visit from Harry Christophers' The Sixteen, with the highlight of their programme Victoria's Requiem of 1605, at once austere and intensely emotional (7.30pm).
Jonathan Morton directs the Scottish Ensemble from the violin in Thursday's programme of transcriptions for string orchestra. Arrangements by Rudolf Barshai of the String Quartet by Ravel and the harrowing Quartet no.8 by Shostakovich are followed by the famous Barber Adagio and Tchaikovsky's sunny Souvenir de Florence (Lichfield Cathedral 7.30pm, all Lichfield Festival details on 01543 412121).
Over at Warwick, meanwhile, the Festival approaches its final weekend with further performances of the Armonico Consort's bubbly production of Purcell's The Fairy Queen at the Bridge House Theatre (tomorrow 7.30pm and Sunday 2.30pm).
Tomorrow evening the Unitarian Chapel is the venue for an attractive mix of concertos for guitar and strings and Italy-evoking string quartets from the Sacconi Quartet and guitarist Morgan Szymanski (7.30pm), followed at 10pm by an intriguing Liszt world premiere, when Hagley-based pianist Mark Bebbington plays Book Two of the composer's Annees de Pelerinage with Festival director Richard Phillips reciting the Petrarch sonnets which inspired them (10pm).
St Mary's Church in Warwick welcomes Collegium with the Orchestra of the Baroque on Saturday, who bring an all-Mozart programme: the wonderful Solemn Vespers K339 and the Mass in C minor K 427. Mezzo Juliette Pochin is among the soloists (7.30pm).
This year's reborn Warwick International Festival reaches its finale on Sunday with an appropriately Mediterranean programme from the Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra, Guy Woolfenden conducting works by Verdi, Rossini/Britten and Respighi, with Philip Martin the solo pianist in Manuel de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain (Guy Nelson Theatre 7.30pm, all Warwick details on 01926 776438).
And there are still more festivals around the fringes of our musically busy region, with this year's season of Music at Leasowes Bank kicking off tomorrow night with an evening of music from the Shrewsbury Consort of Recorders and the Cordon Singers at Ratlinghope's Leasowes Bank Farm perched high between Shropshire's Long Mynd and the Stiperstones (8pm, 01743 790769).
Right down in the opposite south-east corner, Longborough Festival Opera in its gorgeous country-house setting near Moreton-in-Marsh presents a new production of Carmen tomorrow (6.30pm, with a 90-minute supper interval) and a new production of Britten's The Little Sweep on Tuesday for a one-off performance at 6.30pm.