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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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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.