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IDMC at the Hideaway Jazz Club – Summer 2018

Friday 18th May 2018 marks the start of the summer season for IDMC Gospel Soul Choir!
IDMC pose with their Premier Gospel Radio ‘Choir of the Year 2018’ Award
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 http://www.hideawaylive.co.uk/idmc-gospel-choir-friday-18th-may-2018    
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The Hideaway…Saturday 12th August 2017

Saturday 12th August 2017, saw IDMC take the stage of the award winning Hideaway Jazz Club in south London. From prior knowledge Bazil Meade and the London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC), are the only other gospel act to have had performed there three years prior, therefore to John, it was important that the lead up, communication and preparation was right for this gig. This proved to be so, with support given to IDMC from agent Graeme Mall, assistance from the venue, increased production rehearsals and tickets selling well, it all helped put a spring in the step of IDMC as they prepared a sixteen song show set. John envisaged, taking the visitors on a journey through the music of IDMC covering their well known, popular songs. Who knew that when John was to ask how many people were seeing IDMC for the first time, that half of the audience would put up their hands! The show that had sold out the day before was standing room only. The atmosphere was on point, the audience had eaten a hearty meal, and were ready to party! John was joined on stage by a fourteen piece choir that consisted of ten vocalists, a four piece band and John, so room on the stage was pretty tight! From the first track which showed off the vocal talents of long time member Courtney Hoilett, the stage had been set for a groovy, soulful, gospel experience and judging from the big smiles and positive responses to every song, delighted the audience. John took a moment to celebrate the anniversary of the 55th Jamaican Independence by doing a version of the Jamaican national anthem which had Jamaicans and non-Jamaicans alike standing to honour the anniversary.   As a mentor, John regularly shares his platform with up and coming artists and on this occasion, allowed assistant choir director, Shantéh to showcase one of her songs. The first half ended on the big funk jam ‘Soul Food’ which not only boasted the vocal power of the choir, but also showcased the skilled band of musicians that IDMC are so proud to work with, which was headed by John’s sons Andre and Dayna Fisher. The second half started cool enough and then exploded into IDMC’s version of US gospel icon, Hezekiah Walker’s classic song ‘Power Belongs to God’. The temperature on stage and in the audience continued to soar to the high 90’s! Another high point in the show was the special guest appearance of long time friend, UK based, and well known on the gospel scene Junior Robinson. His soulful tone was an instant hit with the audience. The banter between John, Junior and the audience was hilarious and led to another pinnacle in the show as together they delivered a masterful version of Rev. Al Greens’ classic, ‘Let’s Stay Together’. The IDMC classic ‘Victorious’ finished a perfect night of music. John and IDMC have set the bar very high for gospel music, in what is an award winning venue, and notably earning them a return there very soon…
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JUMP Music Awards…Saturday 21st October 2017

Three o’clock saw the arrival of IDMC at the amazing City Gates Church in Ilford. The gig which saw a selection of the choir, specifically sopranos Maulin, Shirley, and Genevieve, altos Wendy, Fabien, and Elaine and tenors Courtney and Alex join John Fisher to be a part of a top gospel music industry awards evening. As the largest group performing, IDMC had the stage fully setup for their show, and sound checks went well. The evening was a great celebration of the UK Gospel scene, recognising those who were producing music videos. With a host of categories, all the nominees were worthy to be nominated and the winners were definitely top of their game. After a long evening and with great performances from Evans Ogboi, and Sam Moore to name a few, IDMC took to the stage just after 10 o’clock as the closing act. With an audience who were preparing to head home, John was still able to command their attention and created a party atmosphere as they laid down two of IDMC’s funkiest joints, ‘Victorious’ and ‘Soul Food’.Working from live backing tracks on this occasion the choir delivered with force, which gave the audience no choice but to join them and created a fitting end to a great show.  
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Arctic Gospel Festival…Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October 2017

Friday John and a selection of IDMC left the UK on voyage to Tromsø Norway to join their great friends, Jardar Johansen of Gospel Company (Gospel Compagniet for those of you fluent in Norwegian :-)) and two other choirs for the first ever Arctic Gospel Festival! After an extremely early flight on Friday morning John and the choir, had the chance to rest and re-cooperate, and upon arrival in Norway were greeted by their hosts with big hugs and new introductions meeting the Care Gospel Choir and Koret Varres Gospel choir. After the evening meal, a time of fellowship and instructions for the weekend commenced, followed by John leading the first workshop with the mass choir, directing the song ‘Victorious’ for one of the finale numbers. The sound was amazing, and the choirs worked tirelessly. After a short break, the 80 strong mass choir were treated to a vocal master class from the awesome Claes and what he doesn’t know about the voice and how it works isn’t worth talking about! Everyone worked diligently, finding new depths of vocal strength that had previously lay dormant!   Saturday began with another learning session from Claes (which was awesome), John having another round of teaching and Jardar instructing the other finale songs. After which it was time for lunch. The hosts had also organised a gospel flash mob performance, which saw the members of the various choirs strategically placed around the beautiful environs of the shopping mall. It was sensational! There was a massive audience on all levels awaiting the performers on the ground floor to sing, so its easy to imagine their shock and delight when the incognito choir members started belting out songs! Such great fun!   The day progressed and the team moved on to the visually stunning Cultural Centre which was the venue for the nights proceedings. The band and sound team were already set, so the mass choir sound checked, then each other choir in turn. When it came to the show, the vibe and the atmosphere was fantastic. Audiences across Europe are traditionally quite reserved and this was evident in Tromsø. Understandably the crowd loved the sets and showed their appreciation by clapping politely at the end of them…but then came John & IDMC, and you know if the crowd are not bouncing with John there’s trouble! (needless to say they were really tired after..LOL!).   The host choir Gospel Company delivered a masterful set with awesome solo work from dedicated singers. With all choirs delivering first-class performances from start to finish, this festival is set to be remembered for a years to come.   Sunday saw the choirs’ visit various churches in the area, and for John and IDMC they visited a church which carries a similar feel and essence to Hillsong church, but with the added extra of Norwegian character and culture. The welcome from Pastor Samuel and the church was another extension of the beautiful Norwegian hospitality echoed through the entirety of the visit. IDMC sang the initial worship song set, songs ministered included, ‘In your Presence’, ‘Every Praise’ and ‘Heart Lord’ before the delivery of an appreciable word by Minister Peter. IDMC were then invited back on to have a gospel praise party with the guys singing ‘Love’, ‘God is Good’ and ‘Soul Food’. It was altogether a wonderful morning.   After lunch and goodbyes to Care Gospel and Koret Varres , it was time for IDMC and Gospel Company to head back to the venue to prepare for the album launch concert and party for Gospel Company’s first recorded album!!!   IDMC got the party started, launching into the big groove track “I Worship You” this continued through to timely ballads such as ‘Love Medley’ and ‘Walk with Me’ ending with the audience jamming their hardest to ‘Soul Food’. IDMC were joined on stage again by Gospel Company as they performed Victorious together, allowing a seamless stage change.. Massive sound. It was now time for Gospel Company to take the reigns, it was their moment to shine and they literally smashed it POW!! Every song was delivered with such excellence of sound, vocal ability and spiritual understanding. Their soloists, Katherine, Sylvia, Marvin, Ingrid and of course Jardar delivered with so much empathy and feeling, you could mistakenly believe that you were listening to a UK or US gospel choir, such was the high standard.   Big props to all of the choirs who possibly took Monday off to recover because they really worked hard and delivered an awesome experience for not only the audiences on both nights but for us as performers. The level of detail given to the care of IDMC was superb, and of course a huge amount of love is expressed to the host families who opened their doors, rolled out the red carpet and took care of the choir members.     The bond between IDMC & Gospel Company has steadily built for the past three years, and grows stronger on every meeting. Roll on year four of our relationship!
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IDMC in Venice Italy with New Generation Gospel Choir…Friday 19th to Sunday 21st May 2017

After a two hour evening flight, fifteen piece IDMC Gospel choir landed at Marco Polo airport in Venice. Assuming to be picked up by a couple of representatives from New Generation gospel choir…however this was not the case! Once assembled and ready to depart choirmaster John heralded, “ You ready gang, here we go!” the choir were not ready for what was around the corner. To their amazement, in waiting were thirty members of New Generation gospel choir with welcome banners singing and dancing to an African Gospel medley! To be overwhelmed was an understatement! In shock and awe, IDMC that little old choir originating from South London stood there gobsmacked that after twenty three years, they could be welcomed to Italy in such a way as this!! AWESOME! Parked outside was a fifty-three seater coach waiting to take choir members to their respective hosts homes where one was treated like royalty!   Day 2 saw both IDMC and New Generation Gospel Choir come together for a workshop session led by both choir directors. The choirs were preparing the finale songs for the end of the concert. The atmosphere was already amazing, the sound fantastic and the fellowship was lovely. Under the leadership of Federico Fe Fiorentin, New Generation gospel choir have always viewed IDMC as it’s mentor choir and sing a lot of John’s songs in their repertoire, hence the love for everything IDMC, and as a choir in their own right, they have an awesome sound. Later on in the day the choirs moved to an amazing auditorium where the sold out gig was being held. The sound checks went well with the IDMC band, which was MD’d by Andre and included legendary UK gospel bass player Steve Yarde, and one of the UK’s top female keyboardists Sharlene Llewellyn which created an tremendous sound. At opening time, the doors let in a massive sea of people and the venue was flooded real quick. New Generation choir were first to hit the stage and set the foundation for the evening and they were excellent. With a very strong vocal sound and fantastic band, Federico’s vocal was on point and his skill of leading his choir was fantastic. Next to rapturous applause came IDMC. John hadn’t yet got his Italian together, so a slow English speaking voice had to be the order of the day, but honestly speaking, it wasn’t about what John had said, but more about what IDMC would deliver. From the opening song and throughout the set, IDMC were able to translate Gods’ message by delivering passion through their song set. They sang, danced and clapped, and the audience responded in the same way. People were in tears as IDMC worked their way through the passion on ‘Love’ medley, which showed the UK singers that their message was getting through. The finale was off the chain with both choirs coming together to lift the roof. IDMC’s now classic ‘Victorious’ is the much-loved song doing the circuit in Europe. It was an astonishing end to a great show.   The third and final day of the Italy tour saw both choirs on a day out together in the romantic city of Venice. It allowed the team to enjoy a beautiful time, touring the city, having a ride in a gondola and even singing on the roof of a shopping mall! A totally perfect day, although this made the end journey to the airport and the final goodbye so very difficult. The bond that had been built up over such a short time has guaranteed a return trip to Venice in 2018.
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MUNICH GERMANY WITH GOSPEL & SOUL Choir Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th February

This four-day excursion began with John and MD and second son Dayna traveling to Munich. Met by our German cousin and John’s namesake Svenja Fischer, the beautiful day was spent in town, where a great meal was enjoyed, and talks about the weekends program (which was looking great) took place. Day 2 saw the crazy gang (yes IDMC lol) join John and Dayna in Munich to get the party started! Upon arrival there was a lovely fellowship meal together with the members of Gospel & Soul choir, after which the guys settled in for a restful night. At the commencement of Day 3, it was time to prepare both choirs and come together for the morning workshops and rehearsals. Svenja spent a long time in the UK studying and joined and became a member of IDMC in 2010 for 18 months where she both toured and recorded. In this time her vision became clear and she established, developed and lead her own choir back in Germany, therefore it came as an honour to share time and passion with a wonderful set of people who really honor and revere IDMC. The venue looked beautiful, a 500-seater church in Parkstadt Munich. The choirs spent the morning going through the finale where they would unite to perform a few of IDMC’s songs. With a good amount of free time, the members of IDMC were taken out into the town by the host choir members and enjoyed visiting sights, a bit of shopping and relaxation. While the team were out production manager Andre Charles worked alongside the technical team to ensure the sound for the night was correct, after all it was yet another sold out show! (wink, wink). The sound checks went well and both choirs went through their paces. There was a moment in IDMC’s preparation where the choir were going through a few songs and John was picking the choir up on some technical points to make the sound even tighter, it was then noticed that the host choir stopped in their tracks to just sit and observe IDMC’s rehearsal. Many of the members of Gospel & Soul were in tears as IDMC sang the ‘Love medley’. You could literally cut the atmosphere with a knife.   Doors opened at 7:00pm and the audience came in, around 45 minutes later every seat was taken and there was just about standing room! Gospel and Soul began the evening with a collection of great gospel covers. The choir is only a few years old, but have a very mature sound already. The IDMC family made a rapid costume change so they could be in full support from the start of Gospel & Soul’s set, and made sure that their new friends knew they were there in support. Without a break, IDMC took to the stage 50 minutes later. The sense of anticipation was very evident. John took the expectant Munich audience on a gospel musical journey, which took them through praise and worship to gospel joy, with dancing, clapping their hands and singing along with the choir. With our host choir singing along with IDMC the vibe was awesome, and then came the finale where both choirs filled the stage. The audience didn’t know what to do with themselves as the choirs lifted the roof with the sound of full high-octane gospel singing – another incredible night.   DAY 4 Sunday morning saw the team at Church of the Ascension in Untergiesing – Harlaching. A beautiful service saw IDMC minister a few of its worship songs for the service and also creating a Pentecostal praise session, but the audience were not allowed to clap The afternoon progressed into IDMC and Gospel & Soul relaxing and enjoying a wonderful meal together including a massive sing-song in the traditional German pub before leaving for the airport. Another remarkable weekend with so many highs, John and the choir were once again overwhelmed by the love demonstrated by a group of strangers where the only thing they had in common was the love of God and gospel music.