Hundreds of mourners turned out to say goodbye to a remarkable musician from Peterborough, who achieved so much in just 22 years.
James Trickey, a former member of the Gloucester Cathedral Choir, died in a Peterborough cycling accident just before Christmas.
About 400 people, many wearing poignant white roses, packed out the cathedral where he sang as a child to say goodbye to the Oxford graduate.
The 22-year-old, who grew up in Gloucestershire, lived in Peterborough and worked as a professional chorister in the city’s cathedral when he died.
Speaking at the celebration of his life, his dad, Paul, said: “Words can’t express our grief and loss.
“James had an impact on all our lives and we know he was loved by everyone who knew him.”
His mum Sue said even as a child James was inquisitive “with a great thirst for knowledge”.
She told the packed cathedral that her first born could read by the age of three and she would often be told he was a genius.
She said his love of music started at a young age and by the time he was six he had begun composing. He had composed 13 musical works by the time he was 13 and sung in front of the Queen in 2003.
James had lived in Peterborough for 18 months before he was involved in the collision with the car just after 7am on December 23.
James left behind his parents, grandparents, sister Jasmine (18), and brothers Isaac (13) and Simeon (11).