Church organist's David Bowie tribute moves internet to tears

A church organist has said he is humbled after a moving performance of one of David Bowie's biggest hits was shared thousands of times online - sending many in to tears.

Nicholas Freestone, organ scholar at St Albans Cathedral in Hertfordshire, was hailed for his "breathtaking" rendition of the 1970s single Life on Mars, posted on Facebook hours after news of the music icon's death was made public.

One commenter, Pat Fowler, wrote: "Nicholas Freestone. Sir that was stunning. Marvellous tribute, wonderfully played. A great tribute to David Bowie and a great tribute showing how diverse his music is. Thank you. Sent chills down my spine."

Another, Suze Taylor, said: "Wow, Nicholas Freestone, what an amazing tribute from you and St Albans Cathedral. Truly touching and played so beautifully. I'm sure David Bowie would be immensely proud of this. God bless you Sir."

After the overwhelmingly positive feedback, Mr Freestone wrote: "I'm the organist playing this - it's rather humbling to read your comments. Thanks everyone for sharing! x"

The video has now been viewed by more than one million people on Facebook.

The original video for Bowie's song can be watched below.