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
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
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.
Now that we are getting into the spring season, and if IDMC’s 18th anniversary schedule wasn’t enough for John to be getting on with, John and some of the IDMC crew will be planning and preparing for its spin-off organisation “We Sing U Sing” to deliver gospel choir workshops to schools in and around the south London area.
This years sees a special emphasis on the Olympics as London prepares for its big year, John and the team will be preparing the children to be the best they can be for this massive musical gala evening.
The project will see 10 schools and after groups get involved with this event which is now in it 5th year.
The project Starts just after Easter and will run for 12 weeks ending in a massive concert at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon in the first week in July
The project will see a 500 piece choir and a 10 piece band, lead by IDMC musical director Andre Fisher.
The date for this event will be published shortly.
For more information contact us or visit the We Sing U Sing websit www.wesingusing.org.uk
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