A vibrant exhibition by a group of 17 artists has gone on display to accompany the city’s bi-annual International Organ Festival.

Opening earlier this week at St Michael’s Village’s 14th Century Kingsbury Barn, the show includes paintings, silverware, sculptures, ceramics and glass work.

Now in its 28th year, the Organ Festival is a 15-day celebration of classical music presented by talented organists, singers and orchestras. The exhibition at Kingsbury Barn has accompanied the festival since 2011.

“The art exhibition has become an established highlight of the Organ Festival and hopefully visitors see it as an integration of creative expression,” says Rosie Cinicolo, who organises the exhibition with Jan Fielden, Cynthia Ireson and Margaret Grover.

“As organisers we like to have as wide-ranging a choice as possible. All of the artists have a connection with St Albans in some way.”

The exhibition is part of the fundraising effort to support the Organ Festival’s fringe (IO Fringe) celebrations.

Running alongside the main festival, the IO Fringe offers live music, street performers and workshops.

Catch a variety of bands at St Albans’ Clock Tower from noon to 3pm today, and on Friday, July 10 enjoy folk at The Maltings Arts Theatre from 8pm.

On Saturday, July 11, The Vintry Gardens plays host to a garden party with rock and blues music (noon to 5.30pm), while a colourful dragon makes its presence known by the Clock Tower (11.30am to 2.30pm).

Enjoy all this and much more alongside the main festival, which runs until Saturday, July 18. A diverse variety of events are lined up including percussion ensemble Ensemblebash (Saturday, 12.30pm, St Saviour’s Church) and St Albans Bach Choir (Saturday, 7.30pm, St Albans Cathedral).

Art Exhibition, Kingsbury Barn, Branch Road, St Michael’s Village, July 8 to 17, 11am to 5pm, July 18, 11am to 1pm and 4pm to 5pm. For the Organ Festival and Fringe Festival programmes call 01727 844765 or visit organfestival.com