Last year the Halesowen Chamber Orchestra gave a triumphant mini-tour of concert performances of Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte, converting many Black Country music-lovers to a love of opera which they had never experienced before.
Now, re-christened the Birmingham Chamber Orchestra, the enterprise embarks on a series of presentations of Tchaikovsky's romantic masterpiece Eugene Onegin, beginning tonight at the CBSO Centre in Berkley Street (7.30pm).
Martin Leigh, recently a finalist in the prestigious Leeds Conductors' Competition, conducts a cast of young professionals, and subsequent venues are the Central Methodist Church, Walsall (Saturday 7.30pm), and the Cornbow Hall, Halesowen (Sunday 3pm). Details are available on 0121 550 0956 or the BCO ' s website: birminghamchamberorchestracom.
Also on Sunday afternoon the charming Georgian church at Tardebigge near Bromsgrove hosts the second of this summer's series of vocal recitals. This time it's the "Richard Sissons Song-Book", with Catherine Bott, James Oxley and John Lofthouse. The music begins at 3pm, with delicious home-made cakes in the interval. All details on 01527 872422.
An hour later, the Stratford Community Flute Festival marks the halfway point of its fortnight of events with a glittering concert from artistic director Elena Duran and the Roberto Haymes Jazz Trio.
Entitled "Broadway to Hollywood", the programme offers a kaleidoscope of delights from the musical theatre, with some Beatles numbers along the way, too (Civic Hall, details on 01789 261561).
Events in the SCFF continue in and around the town until August 6, while the summer concert series at Wyastone Leys in Monmouth comes to an end this weekend with the gripping baritone Christopher Maltman singing Schubert's heartbreaking song-cycle Die Schone Mullerin tomorrow night, Graham Johnson accompanying, and an all- Russian programme (Prokofiev no.2, Shostakovich no.3 and Tchaikovsky no.3) from the Kopelman String Quartet on Saturday. Both concerts begin at 7.45pm, with details on 01600 891090.
On Tuesday Malvern's Forum Theatre is the venue for an all-English concert from the awesomely-talented and much admired National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Marking the composer's centenary year, the lyrical and energising Ritual Dances from A Midsummer Marriage, Sir Michael Tippett's first opera, and Paul Patterson's Orchestra on Parade precede the noble and inspiring First Symphony of Malvern's favourite resident, Sir Edward Elgar. Tadaaki Otaka conducts this pre-Proms concert, which begins at 7.30pm (details on 01684 892277).
As this year's Three Choirs Festival is about to start next week in Worcester, another of this ancient institution's venues, Hereford Cathedral, has just published an updated version of the useful and attractive book The Organists and Organs of Hereford Cathedral.
With fascinating illustrations and photographs of the personalities surrounding this magical place (Elgar of course included, as well as Gerald Finzi, Vaughan Williams and others), and of the building and its organs, this very reasonably priced publication is available from the Cathedral shop or on 01432 271990 (£5.95 plus £1.50 postage).
And as the festival season in the Midlands picks up again, this is a good time to remind music-lovers in the region that tickets for the Presteigne Festival on the Welsh borders at the end of August are selling fast. All details on 01544 267800.