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
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 email@example.comA 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.
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
IDMC’S Latest album “Hideaway Live” is here and now fully available.
Recorded over 2 sold out concerts at the award winning jazz venue The Hideaway in South London, John and IDMC on this project provides the listener with an energy you will only find on a gospel choir album. With songs from their extended back catalogue and new songs that will in inspire you, this album is full of authentic and contemporary gospel sounds that will give the listener the feeling that they were right there experiencing IDMC live.
If you would like a hard copy of the album, email us directly and we will put a copy in the post straight away. Buying a hard copy of this album allows John and IDMC to contribute up to 50% toward it’s favoured charitable organisation “Adopt A Clinic” which are helping to refurbish medical clinics in Jamaica.
Contact Wendy and she will get a copy out to you straight away. firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to down load a copy straight to your phone or digital device
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…
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