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jaws dropped and looking slightly aghast, Maulin turns to Courtney and asks, “Did I just hear right?!”As the shock rescinded both made it to the podium very nervous.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
Wednesday 21st February 2018 marked a momentous moment in IDMC history as John Fisher and the team united with friends, well wishers, industry executives, media bigwigs and politicians and spent the evening in the presence of His Excellency Mr Seth George Ramocan the High Commissioner for Jamaica, at the Jamaican High Commission celebrating the official launch of IDMC Gospel Soul Choir’s 9th album release – ‘Hideaway Live’.Host and compere for the prestigious evening was Anthony King, who brought some cheeky laughs, setting the atmosphere for what proved to be a superb evening. After the opening prayer from John’s pastor, Bishop Eric Brown of NTCG Brixton Community Church, IDMC delivered an awesome arrangement of the Jamaican National Anthem, followed by a welcome and address from IDMC’s alto section singer – Elaine Grant who composed and delivered her speech in a way that would have been right up there alongside that of Barack Obama!Elaine introduced his Excellency Seth George Ramocan to give his address, and unsurprisingly he mentioned that Elaine’s address was so powerful, he really didn’t have much else to add! Additional speeches were provided by IDMC stalwarts Jo Bega, Courtney Hoillett, Sandra Johnson and the lovely Mrs Fisher. IDMC continued to perform more songs from the new album, which were well received by the adoring audience.Good friend to John, Paul Harrison who has been working very closely alongside John and the choir, delivered an address sharing the Adopt a Clinic project from which a percentage of proceeds from sales of the album will go towards. Also in the house that night was Bishop Shacklefoot who delivered one of his sermons (if you know of Shacklefoot you will be laughing out loud at this point!) in his very own comedic style, which left the audience roaring with laughter throughout. Another awesome moment came when great friend to John, Pastor Mike White of The Tab Church London, delivered a short encouragement and a call for all ministers to surround John and the Album. They prayed and released IDMC’s 9th album into the atmosphere…Buy your copy of Hideaway LiveDonate to the Adopt a Clinic appeal here
It’s with great pride that John Fisher took delivery of IDMC Gospel Soul Choirs’ latest release Hideaway Live!The new album is a combination of recordings from the choirs’ previous performances at the Hideaway in August and December 2017 and had its official release in February 2018 in prestigious launch ceremony held at the Jamaican High Commission in London’s South Kensington.Knowing that the Hideaway held superior recording and production facilities, John felt inspired to create a recording project from the two performances. The tracks on the album handpicked by John, reflect the history of the choirs’ twenty-four years in the industry and contribution to the UK gospel scene. In addition to IDMC classics such as “Only You”, “More Than Conquerors” and “Soul Food” there is a sprinkling of definitive gospel covers such as Aretha Franklin’s “How I Got Over”, Hezekiah Walker’s “Power Belongs to God” and the Kitty Wells classic “God Put a Rainbow in the Cloud”. The album also contains new material penned by John himself, such as “Beauty in Me”, and “Let There Be Love”, suffice to say that this album has more variety than a KFC bucket!Upon listening to the album, the impression that you are left with is one of a vibe that exudes a cross between soul and funk, which somehow merges into traditional gospel music, creating a diverse fusion of various musical genres, resulting in the listener having had their taste buds well and truly tickled!This project is IDMC’s ninth album release and it truly captures the energy and dynamism of IDMC live in concert. Get your copy here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hideaway-live/1348501220 or send an email to email@example.comA percentage of the proceeds from sales of this album will be donated to the “Adopt a Clinic” initiative. This charity works to support and refurbish health clinics in Jamaica, West Indies.
Friday 18th May 2018 marks the start of the summer season for IDMC Gospel Soul Choir!
Under the continued leadership of their founder and director John Fisher, the choir have been invited back for their third appearance (after two previous sell-out shows) at the Hideaway Jazz Club in Streatham, south London in what promises to be a night to remember.
IDMC promise to deliver and wow to audiences with their brand of The Gospel of Jesus Christ who continues and will always be their guide for life, being blessed with the gift of music and having the means to share this gift with others will continue to be their driving force.
As one of the first choirs to ever secure a MOBO award nomination in 2013, IDMC were recent winners of the Premier Gospel Radio award for ‘Choir of the Year 2018’ which somewhat goes to serve as recognition for the 24 years that the choir have been in the industry.
Catch the interview here: https://twitter.com/PremierGospel/status/986660720292057088
For this great night of gospel music, IDMC will be replicating this recognition by paying homage to some of the 20th century’s most influential gospel greats such as Aretha Franklin and Edwin Hawkins (Oh Happy Day)
You can catch IDMC Gospel Soul Choir at the Hideaway Jazz Club on Friday 18th May 2018 from 7pm. Tickets are priced at £20 from the link below
Thursday 20th September saw Gospel come to the Natural History Museum, helping the Afrikids organisation, lift the spirits of all who attended to raise funds for the charity & celebrate its 10th anniversary.
John Brought down a 16 piece IDMC unit to the Natural History Museum, where after the general public had left, the building was transformed into an amazing and elegant setting for a dinner party to the highest quality…
IDMC were asked to prepare and perform the Lion King Classic “Circle of Life” as part of a presentation with a video in the background, and then a full 30 minute set.
It was a beautiful night in amazing surroundings, and we were really privileged to be a part of a great night.
Saturday 8th September, John got a call from long-time friend Joe Pitt, inviting IDMC on a session for a top fashion designer at the London Fashion Week. John thought it sounds like a nice gig. The following Tuesday, when John woke up he never thought I would be meeting the Legend that is Philip Treacy, and then also meet another Big Legend, Michael Bush, the designer and creator of all of late Michael Jacksons stage clothes, and then to be in the same room with all his outfits.. What a Tuesday…
So Sunday 15th IDMC performed at the Royal courts of Justice in the strand. The venue which is normally a massive corridor was transformed into a fashion catwalk full of celebrities.
The show was opened by Lady Gaga, and the show showcased models wearing Michael Jackson’s outfits with extra- ordinary head gear from the Philip Treacy.
In the audience were invited celebrities, Bryan Ferry, and good fried of Philip, Grace Jones.
IDMC closed the show with a 19 voice choir all robed for the occasion, singing “Will you be there” while the models took to the stage one more time, and the introduction of the legendary designer.
Well done IDMC
To help celebrate Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth’s jubilee, J. Sainsbury’s had a massive UK promotion of an event it was having at Clapham Common in July and help launch various promotions all tied into the Queens Jubilee, and enlisted IDMC to help highlight this special time in the U’s history.
A small 6 piece choir toured the UK bringing joy to shoppers in over 20 Sainsbury’s superstores around the country as well as at their head offices in Derby and London.
Idmc sang as shoppers walked past, some smiling, some stopping to take pictures, and we even had staff join the choir in a few store.
The team had a brilliant time, tiring but brilliant. We are grateful to our agents and Sainsbury’s for looking after us so well.
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…
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