Thursday 8 June 2017
Former RCM scholar wins Britain’s Got Talent
Pianist Tokio Myers has been crowned winner of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent competition after gaining the most votes from the public on Saturday night.
His unique take on Rag’n’Bone Man’s hit Human in the final wowed judges Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, Simon Cowell and David Walliams not to mention the general public, many of whom took to social media to express their support and admiration.
Tokio was a scholar and studied at the Royal College of Music with Yonty Solomon, one of the College’s most highly regarded piano professors. Yonty sadly passed away in 2008, but Andrew Ball, former Head of Keyboard at the RCM, remembers auditioning Tokio. He said, ‘It was clear to me that he was talented from the very beginning. I’m pleased that we were able to provide him with an environment where he could hone his technique and study with Yonty, who was very fond of him.’
After leaving the RCM, Tokio went on to record and perform with his band, Mr Hudson and the Library. They produced an EP, hit single and an album, going on to support many high-profile artists on tour like Amy Winehouse and Kanye West.
As part of Tokio’s prize he will perform at the Royal Variety Show on 24 November. You can also catch him performing opposite the Royal College of Music at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room on 13 July.
Congratulations Tokio, and all the best for the future!