With Christmas fast approaching it is so easy to get caught up in the madness of trying to find the right presents for your loved ones, worrying about whether they will like it or not, or whether your bank balance can survive through it all.
Often as Christmas approaches I turn to music to get me in the Christmas spirit, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is definitely one that somehow never gets old.
This year though I needed a bit more motivation to feel like I was ready for Christmas. However, I was not ready to right it off completely, so when I saw that UK Gospel Choir IDMC (Individuals Dedicated To The Minstry) were hosting ‘A Gospel Christmas Celebration’ it sounded like just what I needed.
IDMC first came together in 1993 and since then have toured 9 albums and performed on many stages including some with Michael Buble, Jason Mraz, Matt Goss and in the Thriller Live Theatre Production. Founded and led by John Fisher, a minister of music who is a big figure in the UK Gospel music scene and a director/founder of children’s singing school “We Sing U Sing” has also performed with the great Chaka Khan, CeCe Winans, Ronan Keating and many more!
Here are my top 3 moments from IDMC Presents ‘A Gospel Christmas Celebration’
As soon as the event began you instantly felt you were in for a good time. The performances were anchored with such love, strength and positivity which resonated throughout the beautiful Open Cinema. You did not feel separated from the stage you felt as if the audience and the performers were one in the same celebrating together.
It’s not often you get time to stop and just be and this event definitely allowed you to feel at ease, get lost in the music and take a weight off your shoulders which is what you definitely need before Christmas begins!
2. The Guests
We were lucky to have special guests perform on the night that showed the different shades, sounds and stories of Gospel.
Nate got to the final six boys in this year’s X Factor and I thought he was a sure bet for the live shows but it’s clear he doesn’t need the show to be successful. He wowed the audience with his breathtaking performances of ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ and ‘Eye Is On The Sparrow’. His vocals are insane and i’m sure many more doors will open in the future for him.
Movement In Worship
It was such a highlight to see this talented dance ministry. They had impressive moves which told beautiful stories without any need for words.
They had a way with the materials they were using in their performances and it was mesmerising to see them perform along IDMC as they brought such brilliant energy.
MOBO Award Winner Lurine Cato lifted the roof off the building with her massive voice and got the audience on their feet waving their problems away with her upbeat gospel-inspired numbers that were great to hear as they didn’t have traditional gospel instrumentation but still carried all the same feeling.
Angie Le Mar
Comedian, Actor, Writer & Director Angie Le Mar gave us belly-aching laughs in the break with her ace stories about life growing up in the church, dealing the best she could with long services and wanting to find herself outside of the church. She also gave us a major Beyonce moment when she discovered the joys of the fan on the stage!
3. The Music
This was the first Gospel Music event I have attended and I can say it was highly enjoyable. Gospel is a genre that is not bound by trends or materialistic topics it is all about feeling and I was so moved by the lyrics and the beautiful sounds of the voices of IDMC and their incredibly talented band.
I really loved hearing festive classics and took a note of Gospel songs like IDMC’s ‘In Your Presence’, ‘There’s No Hatred In Christ’ and ‘There Is None Like You’ that I really connected too. It is so powerful hearing voices unite as one delivering messages of inner-strength and positivity it felt wrong to not get up on your feet and celebrate.
Once it finished I was lost for words (which is rare for me), it was great to be moved and appreciate the talent that people have. It made me more interested in seeing more Gospel music live and I certainly left with my Christmas spirit reignited so thanks IDMC!