For the 5th year John and IDMC have hosted the spectacular Summer Song Gospel music Festival, held at the Fair field’s halls Croydon.
This evening showcases the talents of children and young people from in and around the Croydon and south London Area.
This year the event saw John and IDMC joined by a 600 piece children’s gospel choir as well as other guests.
The IDMC team work very hard back stage under the guidance of project manager, and John’s wife Maulin. Along with an army of volunteers to make the event go smoothly IDMC still have time to change into their performance gear and thrill the 1200 people who packed into the venue to witness this great show.
Although IDMC’s following always enjoy the choirs work and performances, they were happy to be upstaged by 600 inspirational and talented children who don’t usually get an opportunity like this. Well done IDMC, but an event bigger WELL DONE to the children
IDMC Easter Tour 2012
IDMC set out on its first Easter season tour in a long while, with 7 dates over 10 days.
The group which was made up of 8 singers and a 4 piece band travelled to Yeovil, Mine head, Gloucester, London, Skegness, Chatham and back to Mine head, covering over 1500 miles.
Many of these areas were places the choir had never been before, and were areas where gospel choirs were heard of, seen on TV, but never seen in the flesh, so there was a healthy curiosity for what we do.
The concerts were well attended, and received by the audience. Included in these dates were 6 performances at Spring Harvest in front of over 10, 000 people. These concerts were truly off the chain, with queues outside our venues going round the building before the show even started.
Another very memorable evening was at NTCG Gloucester, home to good friend Bishop Fullwood. The sell-out audience of IDMC friends and fans danced the night away and sang HARD, as IDMC came close to taking off the churches roof.
The tour was a fantastic experience for the choir, and has put us in a great position to do it all over again next year but with the addition of a possible 7 more dates on the cards…
Saturday morning 7th April and the IDMC crew are all packed and ready to move.
We had a productive preparation period, and feel ready to be a blessing.
Going to church on Good Friday was such an inspiration, and John had the privilege to lead worship, and received a powerful word which was great preparation for the concerts ahead.
The tour team are all part of the senior IDMC crew, and so will create a great musical backdrop to the Easter season.
The tour party are soprano’s : Maulin fisher, Nicole miller, Audriee Mensar, Altos: Rhoda Fisher, Yasmin Knox and tenors: Courtney Hoilett & Nathan Lewis. We also have some ex- members and good friends joining us Lawrence Rowe and Shante Fuller, with Andre Fisher on Drums and sequencers, Dayna Fisher on bass guitar and Mathew Smith on second Keys.
We are all excited and nervous all at the same time, but are praying God hands on our lives as we commit this week to him.
Let the fun begin and the music Live… IDMC 2012 HERE WE GO!!!
So here we are, with the build-up to IDMC’s Easter tour covering the South West of England.
John and IDMC will start the first leg of 9 dates for this years anniversary tour. “It has been a blast, performing and singing with IDMC for so many years, and to know that churches, and promoters still want us, it is a blessing, said founder and director John Fisher.
With the choir ever growing, with new members coming in, the team are embarking on a full year of events, covering the UK, some of the Isles as well as numerous trips to Europe, along with releasing a new project in July. It is going to be a great 2012 for John Fisher & IDMC
John and the choir head out on Saturday 7th
April to Yeovil to perform at the Elim Pentecostal Church.
This will be an evening of high praise, head nodding grooves and full on crowd participation. London based Gospel choirs are rare in this part of England, so you can understand the excitement of the community with IDMC coming to town
IDMC promises to have a song for everyone to enjoy, taking the audience on an inspirational gospel music journey.
An overnight stay in the beautiful south west and then it is a short journey up to Spring Harvest Minehead where IDMC are booked for the late night concert on Sunday 8th.
Spring Harvest has been a long established Christian event, which sees 1000’s of worshippers gather in fellowship and worship over this special time of the year. This being Resurrection Sunday IDMC guarantee’s high praises and a time of celebration for all the worshippers at this event, going into the early hours…
After a good night’s sleep and some Eggs and Bacon on toast with beans, the crew will head down to NTCG Gloucester, home to good friend Bishop Fullwood.
After 2 nights of full on gospel music IDMC will be well warmed up for a bank holiday gala concert on Monday 9th. Churches from around the district and surrounding areas are all heading for this Bank holiday special event with supporting artist.
Get there early folks as it will be a Road Block…
The choir heads up to Skegness on Tuesday 10th for the second Spring Harvest engagement, where again John and the choir headline the late night concert celebration.
With a few private engagements in between, the choir will head out one more time on Friday 13th
not to be put off by the date, but to continue to share God’s love through song, back in Minehead for their last visit to Spring harvest, performing later in the evening…
Gonna be a fantastic few days of music for all involved.
If you’re in the area and want to come down, check our events page for more details..
Well, John and the South London IDMC Crew showed their passports at London Bridge, and headed North, while Rhoda Morson and Chloe came in from the West and Nathan from the East and we all converged on NTCG Cathedral Of Praise, Woodgreen for their monthly Praise night.
Numbers wise at the start was quiet but as the sun went down the numbers swelled to make a good-sized attendance.
Sound checks went well with the IDMC team working things out, and the band settling in, a few hitches but nothing Howard the house engineer and former engineer for IDMC couldn’t handle
The evening opened with the resident praise team lead be sis Brenda Emmanuel handling things, and they were really good, creating a great atmosphere.
With the praise team, Albert Brown and Sister Angie creating and setting a Caribbean feel to the whole night, i have to admit, i was struggling with what we were going to present. It was made even worse in a good way when, in the midst of Sis. Angie’s set, see went into an old school Jamaican gospel medley, which had the old mothers kicking off their shoes and doing a gospel reggae train around the building. It was brilliant to see, but gave me things to ponder, but you know i got the booking a month before and God gave me the set list 2 days after, so we stuck to the script.
IDMC took to the stage with Maulin, Shirley & Chloe in Soprano, Rhoda Morson and Jo in Alto and Courtney and Nathan in the tenor section, and didn’t they do well. Big props to Jo Bega, who had to learn the alto parts to some of the songs in sound check.
Our song set included, Welcome in this place (Power praise classic), Sacrifice of Praise (IDMC original) This is my desire (Hillsong) as a foundation to the set, laying a warm rug for God to be relaxed as the church erupted in worship. This led to IDMC’s version of “It is to you” the Duke Kerr/ Remmission classic worship song, but with a dose of Red Bull. The vibe was great with the audience responding and getting their praise on. The set was completed with 2 more John Fisher originals, “Cry” which was masterfully delivered by long time member Rhoda.. and “Don’t lose your song” which is going to be a massive 2012 song for the choir.
With a brand new band led by John’s first son Andre and including Enoch & Matt Smith on Keys, Aaron Forbes on Guitar and second son Dayna on bass, the guys provided the right vibe behind the choir. I understand that Matt had a bit of a struggle with the Hammond organ that stopped working, and Aaron broke a string, well guys, i didn’t notice, and the shows me that you manz have got skills.
The choir was well received, and were well looked after.
IDMC look like having a ball this year as they cook up a menu of mouth-watering performances around the UK, make sure you reach one of our shows and feast on some musical delights this year
Big Love Always.. Jofish…
With lots to prepare, IDMC went back to its rehearsal home, the premises studios Hackney, putting the final touches to their presentation on Sunday evening.
The team are continuing to blend, but are also continuing to recruit members to develop the groups sound.
3 lovely ladies came to audition last night, 2 John Knew from before, and one a brand new aquaintance, but all 3 were very nice singers. We are still on the hunt for just 2 more male vocalist which will be the final touch to the groups sound, allowing us to shut the door for this year and allowing us to build and develop the sound that John is looking for.
Separately John and his Assistant Music Director Andre have been rehearsing a new band, and they sound very nice. The musicians are all young bloods, but have a good understanding of Johns music.
It is an exciting time for the choir with numerous dates ahead, we are enjoying the moments we are blessed with
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As part of IDMC’s 18th anniversary, John will be doing a number of Gospel choir workshops around the country, but will start a perminent Community workshop Gospel choir in the Croydon area.
For many years, friends and fans of IDMC have been asking for a workshop choir, and now here it is.
Ever wanted to sing and learn how to sing in a gospel choir, but felt you were not good enough, well here is your chance. No experience needed. it will be a non religious, non denominational, all for fun. The only credentials you need is a great sense of humour and love singing, whether in tune or out of tune, all are welcome.
John is an award-winning vocal tutor with over 20 years of experience leading choirs, conducting workshops in the UK, Europe and the Caribbean, and will take every student on a gospel musical journey.
There are many community choirs out there, doing what they do, but there are only a few “PROPER GOSPEL CHOIR TUTORS” and we have an award-winning one right here in “CROYDON”
So much more to tell, but more updates soon.
Free taster session will be just after Easter, dates will be released soon.
to pre-register and secure your place, just send us your details and we will contact you to confirm.
Now that we are getting into the spring season, and if IDMC’s 18th anniversary schedule wasn’t enough for John to be getting on with, John and some of the IDMC crew will be planning and preparing for its spin-off organisation “We Sing U Sing” to deliver gospel choir workshops to schools in and around the south London area.
This years sees a special emphasis on the Olympics as London prepares for its big year, John and the team will be preparing the children to be the best they can be for this massive musical gala evening.
The project will see 10 schools and after groups get involved with this event which is now in it 5th year.
The project Starts just after Easter and will run for 12 weeks ending in a massive concert at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon in the first week in July
The project will see a 500 piece choir and a 10 piece band, lead by IDMC musical director Andre Fisher.
The date for this event will be published shortly.
For more information contact us or visit the We Sing U Sing websit www.wesingusing.org.uk
February 26th 2012 saw IDMC mark it’s 18th Anniversary, and now John is preparing to take the group out on the road, around the country for a series of concerts, workshops and live praise session in churches, festivals and concert halls throughout the UK and Europe
With a new line up of singers who have been together for just over 18 months, they have worked hard to build the IDMC sound that John has worked to develop for the past 18 years.
With a full calendar ahead for the Spring and Summer, and more dates coming on-line every week, John & IDMC plan to be in a town, city, concert hall, festival or church near you, some time in 2012..
John is always looking for singers to join the choir, you only have to be able to sing confidently, be a practising Christian and be able to commit to the choir, the rest we play by ear..lol
If you want to book IDMC this year to come to your area for a workshop / concert, don’t hesitate. There is still space in the diary.
Let us bring the vibrancy and the inspiration of a full “PROPER” Gospel choir to your area and experience the heavenly sounds.
LOOK OUT FOR US…
Dates will be published soon.!
Thursday 8th March saw IDMC begin it’s 18th Anniversary campaign, by opening for the fantastic U.S. Soulful gospel artist Avery Sunshine, at the Union Chapel, Islington, London.
A lot of preparation went into IDMC delivering a memorable performance to start its year with a big bang. Playing to a very lively and warm audience, the choir opened with an accapella re-arrangement by John of the Andre Crouch Classic, “No HATRED IN CHRIST”, which instantly set the mood of the choirs set,”QUALITY VOCALS”.
The choir then launched into a fitting set of songs all with a soulful tone, from “A Friend” solo by the great Nathan Lewis, into “Lord I lift your name on High” with the classic Jackson’s groove, through Power ballad “Cry” beautifully sung by long time member Rhoda Morson, and even introducing brand new songs “Love lifted Me ” & ” Don’t lose your Song”.
All together the set was we received and received acclaim from Miss Sunshine too.
Miss Avery Sunshine’s set was a master class of how to sing, then how to sing properly. This Atlanta native, gave the audience an evening of coolness, and soulfulness that was just great..
Singing songs from her last album and a few new ones, it was a musical treat, which was enhanced even more when Avery invited IDMC back on stage to join her in a few more songs.
A totally good night of music..