The 2013 Peel Lecture will be delivered by singer/songwriter Charlotte Church on the theme of women and their representation in the music, at the Radio Festival.
The BBC Radio 6 Music Peel Lecture has previously featured Pete Townshend and Billy Bragg, and takes place on the opening day of the annual event in Salford.
This year it’s scheduled for Monday 14 October at 5.15pm, and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music at 12midnight on Tuesday 15 October and made available as a free download.
Before the lecture, Charlotte Church will be interviewed by Radio 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne in a special edition of Weekend Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 12 October at 4pm, dedicated to Women In Music.
Lauren comments: “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.’
James Stirling, Head of Programmes, BBC Radio 6 Music, says: “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.”
The Radio Festival this year will be hosted by broadcasters Jane Garvey, Fi Glover and Jon Holmes, with special guests such as BBC Director of Radio, Helen Boaden, Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine, Liam Fisher of talkSPORT and BBC Radio 5 live’s Jonathan Wall, Radio 4’s arts magazine Front Row presenter, Mark Lawson and Magic 105.4 breakfast show host, Neil Fox.
Chris Burns, Chair of the Radio Festival, comments: “Charlotte has successfully made the transition from a classical artist at a very young age to a successful pop singer in a male dominated world, and I’m sure her personal views of the industry today will be thought-provoking.”