11-year-old guitarist brings literal shred fireworks and Marty McFly-flavored tapping to Britain's Got Talent stage

11-year-old Harry Churchill wields an Epiphone Les Paul laden with sparklers on the stage of Britain's Got Talent
(Image credit: Britain's Got Talent)

Last month, 11-year-old Britain's Got Talent contestant Harry Churchill captivated his studio audience, and the rest of the world, with a phenomenal medley of Queen classics that got an enthusiastic nod of approval from no less than Brian May himself.

Churchill's showmanship and skill – he cleanly executed some behind-the-head shredding at one point – earned him a unanimous vote onto the next round of the competition, and even some kind words from the notoriously picky Simon Cowell.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.