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!!
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.
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
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
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…
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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.
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..
Well it was a cold Tuesday 6th December and IDMC swapped their usual venue of “The Premise studios” for the lush surroundings of “The Cafe Rouge” in the West End.
The group were celebrating the end of another year, giving thanks for the many miles we’ve travelled and the hundreds of lives we’ve touched with our gift of music and song.
With all the personalities within the choir you can imagine the level of jokes and laughter we share for the whole evening.
Sometimes I really worry about the guys around me, and I’m praying for all of you guys…lol!!!
Since the “Rebirth project” in March, the team has worked hard to develop and to keep the IDMC standard as high as in previous vocal years, and even to step up to another level.
2012 looks great for the group as we get ready for the choirs 18th anniversary, so please watch this space…
John and the IDMC spent the weekend of the 26th November singing Christmas joy to the shoppers of the East Midlands designer outlet, just of Junction 28 off the M1.
It was a lovely time, sponsored by Capital FM.
John, Maulin, Rhoda F, Rhoda M, Courtney and Beatrice sang a combination of carols given the IDMC touch, inspirational songs and chart topping songs from Adele, and Bruno Mars.
The days lasted from 11:00am – 3:00pm, with some great foods courtesy of the centre, our favourite being Bratwurst Sausages, with onions in a roll with mustard and ketchup.
The clients were really happy about the atmosphere created by IDMC for the hundreds of shoppers who passed by dancing with their children.
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