A much-loved member of the teaching staff at Birmingham Conservatoire for many years, the composer John Mayer died a year ago as the result of a tragic accident.
Calcutta-born, he is remembered not only as a prolific and communicative composer who did so much to bridge Western and Eastern traditions, but also as a talented violinist (he was a long-serving member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) and as co-founder with saxophonist Joe Harriott of the seminal world music crossover group Indo-Jazz Fusions.
On Monday the Conservatoire pays tribute to his memory with a concert in the Adrian Boult Hall which brings together many of his former performing colleagues in an evening devoted to his music.
Violinists Erich Gruenberg and David Roth are joined by Mayer's son Jonathan on sitar and the virtuoso cellist Rohan de Saram, among others, for this fascinating programme. Admission is free, with donations welcomed to the John Mayer Memorial Trust Fund (7.30pm, details on 0121 236 5622).
Monday evening also sees the latest in what is proving a highly successful season of concerts from Stratford-upon-Avon's Orchestra of the Swan at its home base of the town's Civic Hall.
David Curtis conducts a programme with a strong bias towards The Tempest by Stratford's favourite son, William Shakespeare, beginning with Masque for Caliban, a commission from TOOTS' composer-in-association Julian Philips, and ending it with one of Sir Michael Tippett's late works, his Tempest Suite.
Between these two comes the chamber-orchestra version of Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Mark Chaundy the tenor soloist (7.30pm, details on 01789 207100).
This year's Leamington Festival approaches its close with some enticing events, including tomorrow's lunchtime recital from the prize-winning duo of local girl Juliette Bausor (flute) and harpist Sally Pryce (12 noon).
The popular Leamington Jazz Weekend intervenes before the festival concludes with its annual New Music Day on Sunday with programmes from the percussion ensemble Backbeat (12 noon), pianist-composer Jonathan Powell making his debut (2.30pm) and musicians from the Royal Shakespeare Company and actors providing an evening bridging, like John Mayer's music, the artistic worlds of Britain and India (5.30pm).
Preceding this last event is a Composers' Platform chaired by Leamington's composer-in-residence Howard Skempton (4.30pm). All these Leamington events are in the Royal Pump Rooms (01926 496277).
The immensely gifted rising young pianist David Quigley visits Redditch Ecumenical Centre on Saturday (8pm, details on 01527 546056), while Andras Schiff returns to Symphony Hall on Sunday for the latest instalment in his 50th birthday present to himself, a complete cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas (7.30pm).
Symphony Hall is the venue tomorrow night for a visit by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and its charismatic conductor Marin Alsop. Her programme begins with Copland's wonderful Appalachian Spring and concludes with Beethoven's even more wonderful Pastoral Symphony.
Between these two comes the Violin Concerto by Sibelius, Tasmin Little returning as soloist to the area where she made such a delightful impact in her recent recital with Wayne Marshall at the Hagley Festival (7.30pm).
Also at Symphony Hall, Manfred Honeck comes again to the CBSO after his towering Bruckner Eighth Symphony earlier this season, this time conducting a programme of works created in 1945 in honour of the 60th anniversary of VE-Day.
The Four Sea Interludes from Britten's Peter Grimes precede the elegiac Metamorphosen by the octogenarian Richard Strauss, and the concert ends with Shostakovich's enigmatically ironic Ninth Symphony ( Tuesday 7.30pm, Wednesday 2.15pm, all Symphony Hall details on 0121 780 3333).
Meanwhile, the latest leg of English Touring Opera's current tour brings this gifted young company to Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre.
Tomorrow night you can catch Mozart's disturbing but gloriously scored Cosi fan Tutte, while on Saturday I urge you to see Donizetti's Mary, Queen of Scots, Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I confronting each other like spitfires in an historical event which never actually happened -- but who cares when it inspires music as vibrant as this, in a production which is already shortlisted as one of my highlights of the year (7.30pm, details on 01902 429212).