3GENERATE Children & Youth Assembly…24th – 26th November 2017

Destination Southport!

A bitterly cold November weekend saw a six piece unit from IDMC heading to the northwesterly shores of England to engage in their third year of 3Generate, the Methodist Church’s annual nationwide assembly of over 1000 children and youth ranging from ages 8 to 23 with the theme for this year being #wonderfully prophetic

A Friday evening departure from north London was at approximately 5pm, taking John and the team around 4 hours to drive to the chillier climes of Southport brrrrrr!

Upon arrival the team registered, checked in and were assigned to their chalets (which were in the not so palatial grounds of Pontins holiday park), put the heating on, have a quick freshen up and then begin the evening set at 10pm with the gospel choir big sing a la IDMC!

Hosted by the lovely Sanya Strachan of the Methodist Church, the kids were eager, hyped, and ready for IDMC to take to the stage in ‘Lunars’ and it is safe to say that their anticipation was satisfied with John on keys and Courtney Hoillett III on drums, the team plowed into an hour long set of gospel and worship songs including God is good, Let there be Love and the Hezekiah Walker classic – Every Praise. Session one checked!

Exhausted but in good spirits the team grabbed a quick snack and headed to their lodgings for the night in preparation for the 9am worship session tomorrow morning.

Saturday morning was worship time for all ages in the ‘Fun Factory’ the main stage for contributors and acts. In a similar vein to the evening before, John and the team stirred the hearts of worshippers young and old with a half hour set of songs, setting the tone for the rest of the day.

With some freetime on their hands, what better way to clear out the cobwebs than with a morning walk along the blustery shores of Ainsdale beach, taking in the stunning scenery of the sand dunes and serenity of the long and wide expanse of beach and also time to fit in a quick promo for the upcoming Christmas 2017 gig at the Hideaway!

Moving into the afternoon saw John leading a workhop session in the marquee aptly titled by the church as ‘Agents of Change’. John taught the Kirk Franklin classic ‘I Smile’ to a full marquee of talented children and young adults who verse by verse, caught onto the song very quickly and were soon confident in singing the whole thing unaided!

Once the workshop had concluded John treated the team to lunch in a local cafe in town and with bellies full (really, really full, amazing portions Southport whoop whoop!) headed back to camp to catch some of the other activities taking place and to prepare for the final session of the day – Gospel Singing Together in the Lunars stage.

Here John got the kids to showcase ‘I Smile’ which they had learned earlier on in the day and get everyone on board with a gospel style of worship, inviting the presence of God in with the well known IDMC song ‘In Your Presence’ as well as many others.

With the whole weekend now winding down, Sunday saw John & co. head to Lunars to take to the stage for the final time for one more worship session.

With the emphasis on the theme #wonderfully prophetic it was quite apt to include in the final session for the day the IDMC classic ‘A Still Small Voice’ onto the setlist tuning into the focus of the weekend that being hearing from God.

The worship provided by IDMC was intertwined with videos from 3Voice, scripture, testimonies and prayer. It was an amazing time seeing young people worship and their hunger for more of God, a truly humbling time.

Much as quiet time is appreciated, its good to know that God loves a hard praiser and to draw the night to an end John pulled out the big soul funk number ‘Soul Food’ which had everyone on their feet praising and dancing to the impromptu dance routine that John whipped up!

The team packed up and headed back south to London (to warmer temperatures praise God!) from what had been another memorable and blessed weekend away at 3Generate.

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.

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.

IDMC @ Afrikids 10th anniversary Dinner

  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.

IDMC Sainsbury’s tour

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.

IDMC@ We Sing U Sing Summer song Music festival

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 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…