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Britain's Got Talent champion Tokio Myers to set up music school with winnings

The 32-year-old musician was crowned champion of the ITV show on Saturday night (03Jun17), beating eight-year-old magician Issy Simpson and Malawi-born comedian Daliso Chaponda.

Tokio Myers is hoping to use his £250,000 Britain's Got Talent winnings to set up a music school for disadvantaged young people.

The 32-year-old musician was crowned champion of the ITV show on Saturday night (03Jun17), beating eight-year-old magician Issy Simpson and Malawi-born comedian Daliso Chaponda, who came in second and third position respectively.

Tokio's victory means he will perform for members of the royal family at the Royal Variety Show later this year, and also takes home a generous financial package.

But the multi-instrumentalist is determined not to fritter away his winnings, and instead is planning to use them to help others.

"I would love to be able to set up my own music school one day to mentor and inspire other people," he told the Daily Mirror newspaper. "If I get a real shot at being successful I would love to do talks at school."

Tokio won over judges Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden with his incredible performance on Saturday night. And he's hoping he can help to give classical music a new reputation with his victory.

"I want to push the boundaries and break stereotypes about classical music," he explained. "We live in a time when you can no longer judge a book by its cover.

“It’s OK to be different - and I want to be at the forefront of that. I want to inspire people.”

Despite his win, Tokio hasn't had an easy life. He was just 11 years old when he witnessed his head teacher Phillip Lawrence being stabbed to death outside the gates of his St George’s Catholic school in north London in 1995.

He has also been the victim of discrimination throughout his life, but insists he has used it to motivate him to push harder to achieve his dreams.

"There has always been people throughout my life that have given me bad vibes," he mused. "I can’t deny that there has been discrimination my whole life.

“I walk on to do a gig and people have stopped me from going on, security or the audience. But I love a challenge. Everyone learns a bit of a lesson."

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