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Sunday morning with Cathy Madonald - 03 August

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Cathy MacDonald Cathy MacDonald | 15:27 UK time, Saturday, 4 August 2012

The Edinburgh Festival is now upon us, and on the show this morning I'm joined by one of its leading lights, the dynamic conductor Christopher Bell. Described by one admirer recently as someone who 'has some magic dust he sprinkles on his singers', Christopher's early love of music flourished in the local cathedral choir. He went on to become one of the founders of the National Youth Choir of Scotland, and talks passionately about his enthusiasm for introducing music to children and adults alike.

It's the trial that's dividing a nation and being talked about around the world. In Russia three women are accused of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after performing a 'Punk Prayer' in the cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. The BBC's Moscow correspondent Daniel Sandford joins me to discuss why the role of the Russian Orthodox Church in this case has been under heavy scrutiny.

With the Scottish football season kicking off this weekend, Dave Scott from Nil By Mouth and sociologist Dr John Kelly from the University of Edinburgh join me to talk about how the changed circumstances of the oldest footballing rivalry in Scotland may herald a positive shift in attitudes about sectarianism.

A special event takes place this Sunday on Inchcolm Island - the idea of the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend Albert Bogle, and he's taken the band U2 as his inspiration. Intriguing? Tune in to find out more.

Women's rights in sport have been high on the agenda during the run up to the 2012 Olympics - mainly focused on the participation by two Muslim women from Saudi Arabia. It's the first time this deeply conservative Muslim nation has fielded women in its national team. Joining me are Nabila Ramdani, commentator on women's Arab issues, and socio-economic writer Reem Asaad to discuss why the appearance of these athletes in the Games has been causing both anger and celebration.

This weekend an exhibition called 'Paradise Restored' opens at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Part of that exhibition will be a mural by the Iranian artist Haleh Jamali, who has taken her inspiration from one of the oldest spiritual symbols in human history, the Tree of Life, found in ancient cultures spanning from Europe to the Orient. Anna Magnusson caught up with Haleh last week when she was just starting work on the mural.

There's also another selection from the Listening Project and a poem from Jamaica in the Written World collection. Together with a great blend of music, listen in this weekend to Sunday Morning With Cathy Macdonald.

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