Always wondered what those melodious croaks are all about when walking along the fifth-floor corridor on Monday evenings? Well, you might have been walking past the music room during a rehearsal of the Frog Choir!
Yes, you read that right, Hogwarts has its own Frog Choir! The Frog Choir is a choir consisting of students who sing alongside their toads. The choir, though odd, is quite talented as all members are able to sing fluently in Latin as well as polyphonically. The choir’s members take their position very seriously and are very dedicated and spend a lot of their free time perfecting those melodies and supporting parts.
There is not much known about the history of the choir. Asking the members also does not provide much help as they remain very secretive, something about not wanting to spill their successful and interesting singing practices. What is known, however, is that the choir was presumably found after the mother of Celestina Warbeck, who later became known as The Singing Sorceress, demanded the school to pursue more artistic endeavors. This would lead to a cultural enrichment of the students’ lives and it especially helped to cultivate Warbeck’s various talents.
We should all be very thankful to Celestina’s mother, as the school started to expand its horizons and created a choir. What the reason was to include animals whilst singing remains a mystery, but its quality and oddness withstood time and brought us the greatest musical pleasures for our ears.
The name of the Frog Choir is quite misleading as toads are joining in whilst singing and not frogs. Yet another mystery which will forever be unknown to outsiders. Not only are toads used whilst singing, but other animals such as ravens and other instruments like flutes and harps are also used to polish the music. Yet, the vocal sacs of the toads remain unchallenged and the other instruments or animals are only used to bring the music to a higher level.
The Frog Choir became very well known during the conducting times of Charms professor Filius Flitwick which started in the 1990s. With his, often applauded, feeling for musicality and tempo, the Frog Choir became also internationally known, sometimes even performing during international wizarding conferences and entering international school choir competitions. One of the choir’s classics also stems from this time as their rendition of Double Trouble is still proudly sung by the choir today!
Even if they do not always win, the choir is known for its consistency and delicateness. Many are also initially astonished because they often think that the choir functions without a conductor, mainly because Flitwick was not always seen due to his small posture. Nonetheless, the astonishment is not taken away after they find out about Flitwick’s contributions, as the music the choir produces is still magnificent.
Upon Flitwick’s retirement earlier this year, he passed on the baton to Defense Against the Dark Arts professor Poto. The students had to get used to the new way of conducting and viewing music, but it seems as if they are excited to blaze a new and more unconventional trail.
Not weirded out by the sliminess of this all? Drop by the choir rehearsals one time! The choir rehearses every Monday evening from in the music room on the fifth-floor corridor. You can just sit and listen, as the rehearsals are always open to the public, or you can join in to see if the Frog Choir might be something for you. However, auditions are only held once a semester so be sure not to miss those! It is advised for members to have a toad, but not required if they are allowed to borrow a toad from a fellow student.