Jarvis Cocker lands Peter and the Wolf role

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Jarvis Cocker
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Cocker said Peter and the Wolf was a "classic tale for young and old"

Pulp star Jarvis Cocker is to narrate four performances of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf at the Royal Festival Hall in London next month.

His role will see him introducing the orchestra's instruments using specially commissioned poetry by Simon Armitage.

"I love telling stories and this one has the added bonus of having a fantastic musical accompaniment," said the musician and broadcaster.

Prokofiev's music will be performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra.

The performances, which will be accompanied by an Oscar-winning animated version of the story made in 2006, will take place on 29 and 30 December.

David Bowie, Sir Sean Connery and Dame Edna Everage have all performed the same role as Cocker in the past.

Cocker, who recently announced he would reunite with Pulp for a series of shows next summer, said he was "honoured" to follow in their footsteps.

He said the piece - written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936 - told a "classic tale for young and old".

Suzie Templeton's stop-motion version of the story won the Academy Award for best animated short in 2006.

Cocker himself appeared in animated form in the 2009 Roald Dahl adaptation Fantastic Mr Fox.

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