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Just a few hundred metres away, Johann Sebastian Bach lies buried in St Thomas' Church. The five men around me grew up next to his tomb - quite literally. As choristers in St Thomas's Boy's Choir in Leipzig, they sang his music every week, just as the boys of his own choir had done in the same place three hundred years earlier. For St Thomas, even Bach is comparatively modern; the choir was founded in 1212. 

"We do remember our shared childhood," says bass Daniel Knauft. "People think, 'Oh, those neat little boys are so well-trained!' But even more important is the social life around it. As a child you take it for granted that you are singing Bach's music. I still know it by heart. But you also become an independent person at an early age. It's something you can really take with you for the rest of your life." 

The ensemble's name, Amarcord, is drawn from Fellini's Oscar-winning 1973 film of the same name. The film tells of Fellini's childhood in Fascist Rimini, including many schoolboy scenes. The word means "I remember" in the Romagnolo dialect.

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