IDMC 25th Anniversary Year

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!! https://www.hideawaylive.co.uk/idmc-gospel-choir-friday-8th-march-2019

24th Anniversary Celebration Concert

How I Got Over
SHOWTIME! 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’ ! FACT TIME! 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
John leading IDMC
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  

Hideaway Live – New Album!

It’s with great pride that John Fisher took delivery of IDMC Gospel Soul Choirs’ latest release Hideaway Live!  The new album is a combination of recordings from the choirs’ previous performances at the Hideaway in August and December 2017 and had its official release in February 2018 in prestigious launch ceremony held at the Jamaican High Commission in London’s South Kensington.  Knowing that the Hideaway held superior recording and production facilities, John felt inspired to create a recording project from the two performances.  The tracks on the album handpicked by John, reflect the history of the choirs’ twenty-four years in the industry and contribution to the UK gospel scene.  In addition to IDMC classics such as “Only You”, “More Than Conquerors” and “Soul Food” there is a sprinkling of definitive gospel covers such as Aretha Franklin’s “How I Got Over”, Hezekiah Walker’s “Power Belongs to God” and the Kitty Wells classic “God Put a Rainbow in the Cloud”. The album also contains new material penned by John himself, such as “Beauty in Me”, and “Let There Be Love”, suffice to say that this album has more variety than a KFC bucket! Upon listening to the album, the impression that you are left with is one of a vibe that exudes a cross between soul and funk, which somehow merges into traditional gospel music, creating a diverse fusion of various musical genres, resulting in the listener having had their taste buds well and truly tickled! This project is IDMC’s ninth album release and it truly captures the energy and dynamism of IDMC live in concert.   Get your copy here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hideaway-live/1348501220  or send an email to wendy@idmcgospel.com  A percentage of the proceeds from sales of this album will be donated to the “Adopt a Clinic” initiative. This charity works to support and refurbish health clinics in Jamaica, West Indies.

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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.  

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 PREPARES

February 26th 2012 saw IDMC mark it’s 18th Anniversary, and now John is preparing to take the group out on the road, around the country for a series of concerts, workshops and live praise session in churches, festivals and concert halls throughout the UK and Europe With a new line up of singers who have been together for just over 18 months, they have worked hard to build the IDMC sound that John has worked to develop for the past 18 years. With a full calendar ahead for the Spring and Summer, and more dates coming on-line every week, John & IDMC plan to be in a town, city, concert hall, festival or church near you, some time in 2012.. John is always looking for singers to join the choir, you only have to be able to sing confidently, be a practising Christian and be able to commit to the choir, the rest we play by ear..lol If you want to book IDMC this year to come to your area for a workshop / concert, don’t hesitate. There is still space in the diary. Let us bring the vibrancy and the inspiration of a full “PROPER” Gospel choir to your area and experience the heavenly sounds. LOOK OUT FOR US… Dates will be published soon.!