Gospel Holiday


UK Gospel legend John Fisher will lead worship this week. Plus each afternoon he and his team will lead Gospel-singing workshops in separate groups for children and adults. You’ll get the chance to learn about technique, harmonies, solos and more.

At the weekend, more members of John’s IDMC Gospel Choir and band will join us at LPO.

Graduates of the afternoon workshops will join the choir and band to sing in a Gospel concert, backed by professional singers, keyboard, guitar and drums.

A bonus weekend concert is currently at the planning stage, reaching out to the local community with IDMC’s unique Gospel music message.


The Gospel-singing workshops

John and his team have been invited on a regular basis to conduct gospel choir workshops in Europe and beyond. Individuals and choirs from beyond these shores often turn to the UK as the closest source for authentic Gospel music.

Working on his We Sing U Sing project, John has conducted projects in Poland, Denmark, Germany, France and Italy with hundreds of enthusiastic participants.

A series of workshops conclude with a concert performance. The workshops include:

  • A brief history of Gospel Music
  • The journey from Slavery to hip-hop
  • Teaching basic singing techniques
  • Breathing techniques
  • Unison singing
  • Harmony singing
  • Holding notes confidently
  • Understanding rhythms
  • Voice strengthening
  • Confidence
  • Solo singing

Michele Guinness

Speaker

Michele guinness 1
Michele guinness 1

Raised in a practising Jewish family, Michele worked in the media for many years, eventually becoming Head of Communications for the NHS in Cumbria and Lancashire. She retired to write and uses insights from her Jewish background in many, best-selling books, including her latest, The Contemporary Woman, published this year.


    Peter Guinness

    Speaker

    Peter Guinness
    Peter Guinness

    Peter is retired from full time ministry having led lively churches in Northern England, the Midlands and Gillingham in Kent. He enjoys exploring Scripture with groups and in preaching - especially the Hebraic roots of Jesus. He and Michele live in France for parts of the year and are involved in a French rural community and church.

      John Fisher

      Worship Leader

      John fisher
      John fisher

      John Fisher played drums for Chaka Khan, Mica Paris, Denise Williams and London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) before starting IDMC Gospel Choir. IDMC celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019 with a 30-date international tour.

      Steeped in Gospel music from an early age, John has worked with LCGC’s Basil Meade and Karen Gibson of Kingdom Choir, now famous for their part in the 2018 Royal Wedding.

      John’s schools project We sing, U sing has helped thousands of young people to learn and experience Gospel music for themselves – including spectacular finale concerts with the IDMC choir and band. His teaching experience, musical genius and above all his love for Jesus Christ blend together as he leads and inspires at LPO in 2021.

      Real holiday

      Set in the beautiful Vendée region, Le Pas Opton gives you so many opportunities to relax and be refreshed:

      • Laze away some time in our Coffee Shop, bar and conservatory
      • Feast on freshly baked croissants, baguettes and pastries
      • Get active by hiring a bike or canoe
      • Find your own place in our spacious park: sit by the river or seek seclusion among the trees
      • Pick a local restaurant for a special lunch or dinner
      • Stroll the charming streets of local fishing villages and historic towns