Tenor soloist Alexander Wilson of Waikanae, left, and bass soloist Steve Austin of Blenheim stand to the right of visiting conductor Carl Browning at a rallying rendition of Handel's Messiah at the Nativity Church in central Blenheim yesterday.
Mr Browning conducted four soloists, four choirs and a top youth orchestra to perform the 18th-century oratorio on Saturday night and Sunday.
Marlborough Singers joined forces with Tasman Combined Choirs, which has members from Nelson, Takaka and Motueka for performances that were attended by more than 500 people.
The Marlborough Singers had been practising as much of ifMessiahnf as they could on their own but intense rehearsals were scheduled for Saturday once the other performers arrived in Blenheim.
- The Marlborough Express