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Charlotte Church to give John Peel Lecture at Radio Festival

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Charlotte Church is to deliver BBC Radio 6 Music's 2013 John Peel Lecture on the theme of women and their representation in music.

The singer has been chosen to give the talk at the Radio Festival in Salford on Monday, October 14. It will be broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music at 12am on Tuesday, October 15 and made available as a free download.

Charlotte Church press shot 2013.

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Church is expected to draw on her first-hand experience of the record industry over the years to offer her perspective on the role of women in the music business.

BBC Radio 6 Music's head of programmes James Stirling said: "Radio 6 Music can challenge the norm, so for Charlotte to question and debate the roles held by women within the music economy encapsulates the opinionated spirit of 6 Music."

She will be interviewed by Lauren Laverne for a special edition of Weekend Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday, October 12 ahead of the lecture.

Laverne said: "I'm thrilled to be asked to present Radio 4's programme Woman's Hour for one day only, to pull apart the thorny subject of Women In Music. I'm looking forward to hearing Charlotte's insights as a prelude to the 6 Music John Peel Lecture."

The Peel Lecture invites a notable figure to shape a debate around music each year. Pete Townshend and Billy Bragg gave the first two talks in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

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