Gospel Choir Holiday

Alongside the Bible studies led by Hope Together's Rachel Jordan-Wolf, this week will include a unique Gospel music vibe.

UK Gospel legend John Fisher's IDMC Gospel choir will lead worship. Plus each afternoon 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 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

Note: John Fisher was admitted to hospital in March following a severe stroke. He remains in recovery and may not be able to join the team at LPO this season. The choir and activities will go ahead as planned. Please pray that he makes a full return to health.

Rachel Jordan-Wolf

Speaker

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Rachel Jordan1 300x300

Rachel is Chief Executive of Hope Together, a catalyst bringing churches together to transform their communities. She was previously an advisor on evangelism to the Archbishop of Canterbury. She has a PhD in church history, and has worked amongst prostitutes and drug addicts in Amsterdam’s red light district.

John Fisher

Worship Leader

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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.

IDMC

Worship Leader

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Gospel week 4

IDMC includes up to 25 members from various Christian backgrounds plus a small group of professional musicians. They have amassed nine albums including one recorded at Le Pas Opton in 2012.

The choir were finalists in BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year in 2018 when they also won Premier Radio’s Gospel Choir of the Year and an Urban Music Award for Best Gospel Act 2018.

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