Charlotte Church to give the third annual John Peel Lecture

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She follows in the footsteps of The Who's Pete Townshend and Billy Bragg

Charlotte Church is set to give the third annual John Peel Lecture.

Church will deliver a speech focusing on the representation of women in music at the Radio Festival 2013 in Salford on October 14 which will then air on BBC Radio 6Music, reports Wales Online. 6Music’s head of programmes James Stirling said of the forthcoming event: “For Charlotte to question and debate the roles held by women within the music economy encapsulates the opinionated spirit of 6Music.”

The former child star, who released the ‘Three’ EP last month, said of her talk: “I’ve had some interesting times during the past 15 years, facing the same problems that many other women face when trying to forge their way in the music and entertainment worlds. I’m looking forward to encouraging a healthy debate around this important topic.”

Billy Bragg delivered the second annual John Peel Lecture last November at the Radio Festival 2012 at The Lowry. Bragg’s speech saw him rallying against the decline of state educated musicians in the UK Top 40, highlighting a magazine study which revealed that 80% of artists in the charts in 1990 were state educated, as compared to the charts in 2010 which were dominated by those who had been privately educated. He said – via The Guardian: “A decent education in the arts will only be available to those able to pay for it.”

Bragg went to talk about the success of Jake Bugg. “When Jake Bugg got to Number One, it made national news headlines – why? Because he never went to stage school nor graduated from the Brits Academy. He didn’t enter Britain’s Got Talent, not submit himself to the humiliations of The X Factor. Because he’s just an ordinary kid from a state school. Should that make him an exception? I don’t think so. I can’t believe that there aren’t plenty of articulate teenagers out there with an ear for a good tune and a chip on their shoulder who have something to say.”

2011’s inaugural John Peel Lecture was given by The Who‘s Pete Townshend.