Pianist Tokio Myers who witnessed head teacher's murder stars in Britain's Got Talent

Sean Morrison
Tokio Myers was just 11 when he saw head teacher Philip Lawrence being stabbed to death: ITV / Thames / Syco

A pianist who witnessed his headmaster being murdered will tonight hope to wow judges on Britain’s Got Talent.

Tokio Myers was 11 years old when he saw head teacher Philip Lawrence being stabbed to death by a gang member outside his school.

A music teacher then hauled him to safety amid the chaos in front of St George’s High School in Maida Vale.

Tokio Myers (ITV / Thames / Syco)

He said the bond he developed in that moment with the teacher in 1995 was a factor in him avoiding jail and staying out of gangs.

“I was in the music room practising and out of nowhere the door was kicked open and my music teacher [Mr Morgan] drags me off the piano stool and carries me out,” he told the Mirror.

Knifed: Philip Lawrence (left) was stabbed to death by Learco Chindamo (right) PA

"As I was leaving the music room, I see my headmaster coming into the atrium. I see him collapse on to the floor and I see blood.”

The 32-year-old Londoner, who said he grew up on a “rough estates”, told of how learning piano is what helped keep him out of trouble.

Mr Myers, who grew up in a council estate and started playing the piano when he was 9, is set to appear on the ITV show that airs at 8pm.

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