Jarvis Cocker Takes On Children’s Classic ‘Peter and the Wolf’

Jarvis Cocker

Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker descended Royal Festival Hall in London on Wednesday (December 29) for the first of four readings of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev‘s Peter and the Wolf.

The Guardian praised the Britpop icon’s narration, describing his voice as “a deep and warm tenor with vowels as flat as his native Sheffield is hilly.”

The 47-year-old Cocker — who is prepping for a slew of European shows with Pulp next summer — can now be added to the list of famous Brits who’ve read the piece: David Bowie, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ben Kingsley, and fellow BBC controller Sir David Attenborough, just to name a few.

The Philharmonia Orchestra accompanied Cocker’s reading as well as the showing of Suzie Templeton‘s Oscar-winning animated film. Cocker’s final two readings conclude today (December 30).

Here’s a snippet of Cocker’s Wednesday night performance:

And for good measure, here’s David Bowie’s narration: