You may not believe it but IDMC Gospel Choir celebrates its 25th anniversary on the 26th February 2019 and are planning a year of fantastic events, special moments, trips abroad, concerts and exclusive productions and promotions for friends and fans of their music.
To get the proceedings going, the first major event is a return to the Hideaway Jazz Club for a night full of music from IDMC’s extensive catalogue, coupled with a reunion of past members, this is a night not to be missed. John has promised a full on P-A-R-T-Y! & even !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CAKE!!!!!!!!!!!
Watch this space for updates, on a very exciting year. In the mean time get your tickets now to avoid disappointment as the hideaway ALWAYS SELLS OUT!!
Well it came, we saw, it lashed…. funny to be doing a blog on myself but hey here we go,
So we returned to our favourite south London venue, The Hideaway to create more memories and we certainly did. The agenda was to celebrate 25 years of Idmc gospel choir, to take songs from 8 albums and create a musical journey and share the history of IDMC since it’s conception in 1994 up till now. Helping me were 2 choirs, a reunited IDMC with members that a part of IDMC from 1994 – 2011 and then the current IDMC choir.
I had a banging band that included my sons Andre & Dayna, Nephew (adopted) Iziah Yarde and original Idmc guitarist Clive Mckinley. We also had a yet another sold out venue with an audience of friends, family and well wishers.
The atmosphere was electric, the staff at the Hideaway were both excited and worried (a bit) as this was truly the biggest production and the most amount of people on their cute stage. In the changing room with minutes before the show, Me and the 35 piece production prepared to deliver an unforgettable evening. We sang, had a worship moment, I gave a prep talk encouraging the team to enjoy every moment and live every second of the show, and warned the current choir that if the reunion sang better than them, they would be sacked..lol. We prayed and then were ready to deliver.
First on stage was the reunion choir. These hadn’t sung together, some for over 20 years, but it totally didn’t show. They set the bar so high it was ridiculous. As the current choir listened on, comments like “guys we better deliver tonight” started to go round the group like Chinese whispers. When I heard this later I laughed as I told them previous that these guys were not taking any prisoners.
In the first half the choir covered songs from our first 4 albums reuniting many of the audience who have followed Idmc for many years with songs from their youth and the response was beautiful. With stories of IDMC’s early day ventures and lots of humour the first half seem to fly by, but I must say I felt so proud of these guys.
So came the second half and it was like a musical explosion. It was our party after all so I designed the song set in both halves to reflect just that. With the current choir covering the songs from our last 4 album, the scene was then set to deliver brand new music that would be released later this year. These songs were recieved with open arms from the audience allowing them to feel that the IDMC musical journey was far from over and had a long way to go and was still in safe hands.
The current choir did not dissapoint, moving the performance bar even higher by delivering a masterful display in harmonious and vibrant punchy singing, leaving members of the audience in awe still trying to understand why Idmc didn’t win BBC’s gospel choir of the year!
So after surprise presentations, cake and thankyou’s came the finale where new joined the old creating a 31 piece gospel choir, easily the biggest production ever to grace the Hideaway stage. The song to finish the whole evening was an easy choice “I am Victorious” the 2004 hit for Idmc. The moment was pure fire as the choir took the roof off and ended what was an epic evening of pure gospel music.
It would be so wrong of me not to mention my band. When IDMC did their first production in 1994 the drummer and keyboard player were babies in arms and the bass player wasn’t even born, but they have all lived my music since they all started their own musical journeys. The band was total fire, at times making it hard for the choir to concentrate on their own job. Well done guys
look out for more celebration events throughout the year. 25 years shouldn’t be sneezed at.
An absolutely HUGE fund raising concert has been organised by comic M.C. and gospel personality Anthony ‘pass the mic’ King and Patrick Medley aka Bishop Shacklefoot on Friday 15th February 2019 in aid of John Fisher and his work with IDMC Gospel Choir and the children’s music and arts initiative, We Sing U Sing.
As you would have read in last months news update, John suffered a massive blow at the start of the new year with all his business possessions being destroyed in the Shurgard warehouse fire (read the full story below.)
Generously, John’s musical friends, fellow gospel artists and peers have joined together and agreed to put on a fundraising concert titled, “TAKE ME BACK TO CHURCH”, where artists such as Noel Robinson, Isaiah Raymond Dyer, Anu Omideyi, Nicky Brown and many more will come and show their love and support for John and the amazing work he has been doing for over 40 years.
Did someone say Gospel Choir of the year!!!Yes, Yes, Yaaaassss! The rumours are true! IDMC had the pleasure of taking receipt of the Premier Gospel Radio award for Choir of the Year 2018 at what was only the third Premier Gospel Awards ceremony.The star-studded event took place at the new flagship venue in Croydon – Trinity Baptist Church, Oasis House, where anticipations and expectations were running high.The explosively labelled ceremony brought out some of the biggest names in the UK Gospel scene. Legendary artists such as London Community Gospel choir and newer guests as Faith Child and Becca Folkes provided live performances on the night. The awards were hosted by Lady T and Theo Manderson from Premier Gospel.The venue was packed full of gospel music supporters from all both sides of the track.Maulin and Courtney were present and correct to represent John and the choir as he was unable to attend the ceremony. As the evening progressed, the pair joked about what they would say if IDMC were to win but they both kind of put it out of their minds as IDMC for so many years been the bridesmaid, never the bride! The moment arrived for the winner of Gospel Choir of the Year to be announced. Adaeze and Uzoma read out the nominees….and the winner is IDMC!!!!The building erupted with massive cheers, however Maulin and Courtney remain seated, jaws dropped and looking slightly aghast, Maulin turns to Courtney and asks, “Did I just hear right?!”As the shock rescinded both made it to the podium very nervous. Maulin gave a short thank you and left Courtney to add a bit more meat to the bones for the rest of the speech.When John learnt of the good news he remarked jokingly “I told them to have something ready!!!” and added “We are all very proud of IDMC’s achievements over the past twelve months and want to work harder to share the gift we call gospel music to the world”.Catch the full acceptance interview hereGet your copy of Hideaway Live here on iTunesGet your copy of Hideaway Live here on Amazon Music
After weeks in the planning, the evening that marked 24 years of the journey of IDMC Gospel Choir had finally arrived!
Soooo, lets have a tiny bit o’ history then, because stage was re-set at NTCG Brixton Community Church, where IDMC’s journey had started 24 years previously in February 1994 and the choir had released their first album ‘Prove Me’ !
Ever wondered what the letters IDMC actually stand for?…
Well over the years there have been some minor changes, the letters remained the same, but the meaning has evolved slightly from (NTCOG) – Inter District Mass Choir to Inter Denominational Music Choral and finally to what it is now – Individuals Dedicated to the Ministry of Christ the true heart to what IDMC is.
Back to the evening…
The production on the night was on point, with a full light show and staging brought in which totally changed the ambience of the venue.
John is a man who loves his music, so it was no surprise to see the size of the band he had on hand, led by his sons Andre Fisher on drums and Dayna Fisher on bass guitar, and included keyboard and Hammond players Enoch John, Iziah Yard and Paul Watson, alongside legend Joseph Ross and percussionist Mike Fergusson.
Guest artists featuring on the night were
Tab Worship, Shantéh Fuller and the awesome Volney Morgan & New-Ye, all delivering first class performances of their own material. These are all artists that are dear to John’s heart as he continues to support and endorse new and emerging talent from the UK.
The evening of course belonged to the delivery of IDMC’s new album, with the already at capacity audience clapping, dancing and singing along to popular IDMC classics as well as some old time American numbers, as the choir performed a tribute set to the late Edwin Hawkins, after which IDMC continued partying well on into the night delivering new songs from its album.
It was an overwhelming atmosphere with everyone in attendance wishing every success on IDMC’s continued journey which looks like it will be going from strength to strength.
Don’t forget to get your copy of Hideaway Live here
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