Jarvis narrates Peter And The Wolf
Published 19/11/2010 | 13:55
Chart star Jarvis Cocker is turning to classical music - as narrator of Prokofiev's Peter And The Wolf.
The singer, who recently announced he would reunite with Pulp for shows next summer, will perform with the Philharmonia Orchestra for performances at London's Royal Festival Hall next month.
Other noted rock stars who have performed the narrator role in the well-loved story have included David Bowie, and Gavin Friday released an album with artwork by his friend U2's Bono.
Jarvis has previously strayed into the spoken word with his recording of the classic monologue Albert And The Lion.
He will introduce the orchestra's instruments, many of which represent characters in the composition.
He said: "I love telling stories and this one has the added bonus of having a fantastic musical accompaniment.
"I'm also honoured to be following in the footsteps of such luminaries as David Bowie, Sean Connery and Dame Edna Everage by narrating this classic tale for young and old."
The four performances on December 29 and 30 will also be accompanied by a showing of an Oscar-winning animation of the story and specially-commissioned poetry from Simon Armitage.
Gillian Moore, head of contemporary culture at Southbank Centre said: "Peter and the Wolf is a miniature masterpiece which has the power to be reinvented with every generation."