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December short courses in Performing Arts

Story added 9th Nov 2020

Performing Arts offers a wide range of fun and inspiring short courses to start the holiday season. We have introductory acting and theatre skills in the college (with COVID-secure measures to keep you safe), plus online music history, music reading, and practical skills for musicians and actors from beginners to advanced. If you've never attended online classes before, these courses are the ideal opportunity to find out how online learning at City Lit can work for you.

For all short courses, there are follow-on courses in Term 2 if you want to explore or develop your skills further. Just browse the Performing Arts listings, ask your tutor at the short course, or contact the relevant department for advice: or

Some single-session tasters (marked *) are part of City Lit's special £10 online promotion December Discovery – Festive Treats These are the perfect way to try something new and find out if a course is right for you, and because they're online you can even share the experience with your family and friends, wherever you both are! If the course is now full, you can add yourself to the waiting list via the course page.

Courses in college

DDF010G Burlesque: taster with Gwendoline Lamour Friday 4 Dec

DDF010E Tap dance: taster with Ben Bailey Saturday 5 Dec COURSE FULL

DRB160 Mime: taster with Sean Croft Sunday 6 Dec

DRF005 Acting: taster with Lawrence Lambert Wednesday 9 Dec

DRB161 Using your voice in mask work: taster with Richard Hollingorth Friday 11 Dec

DXP001 Clowning with Gerard Flanagan Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 Dec

DVX069 Enhance your impact and presence with Sally Knyvette Saturday 12 Dec–Sunday 13 Dec

ME144A String winter school with Robert Puzey Friday 11 Dec & Sunday 13 Dec COURSE FULL

ME144D String winter school with Robert Puzey Tuesday 15-Wednesday 16 Dec

Acting skills (Online)

DMP031 TV presenting for beginners (Intensive) with Kathryn Wolfe Sat-Sun 5-6 & 12-13 Dec

* DRB025 Screen acting: taster with Gary Grant Monday 7 Dec

* DMP050A Comedy writing and performing: taster with Alan Nixon Tuesday 8 Dec

* DVB019 Accents: taster with David Bauckham Wednesday 9 Dec

* DVM028 Whispering: taster with Kate Montague Thursday 10 Dec COURSE FULL

DRF006 Acting online: taster with Laura Baggaley Thursday 10 Dec

* DVB036 Storytelling: taster with John Eastman Sunday 13 Dec

 Music (Online): suitable for beginners / any level

MD040A Nine lessons and carols: a brief history with Edward Breen Wednesday 2 Dec

LFW10 French through simpler songs: chansons de noel with Trista Selous Saturday 5 Dec

* MF350 A lesson in carols with Siobhan Blake Wednesday 9 Dec

MD041A Great works: Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with Katy Hamilton Thursday 3 Dec

MD039A Great works: Tallis Fantasia with Karen Betley Thursday 3 Dec & 10 Dec

LBG19 Sing German Christmas carols with Gisela Meyer Monday 7 Dec

MD038A Christmas crooners with Pauline Greene Monday 7 Dec

* MF354 Singing online (beginners): taster with Håkan Vramsmo Tuesday 8 Dec

* XDLE1 Scottish Gaelic: lullabies with Morag Traynor Wednesday 9 Dec

MG131A Learn to read music: taster with Sarha Moore Thursday 10 Dec

* MF353 Singing online (beginners): taster with Ruth Beckmann Friday 11 Dec COURSE FULL

* XDLF01 Sing for happiness in French with Trista Selous Friday 11 Dec

* ME673 Kit drumming online: taster with Mark Huggett Sunday 13 Dec

MF351 Christmas crooning with Richard Hartley Wilson Monday 14 Dec COURSE FULL

Music (Online): previous experience required

ME861A Improvising and composing your own cadenza with Lindsey Fillingham Saturday 28 Nov & 5 Dec

MD611 Introduction to electronic music with Edward Henderson Wednesday 2 Dec & 9 Dec

MK633 BBC radiophonic workshop techniques with Max LaVilla Tuesday 8 Dec & Thursday 10 Dec

* ME104D Chamber music skills: taster with Gisela Meyer Thursday 10 Dec

* MF352 Singing online (mixed levels): taster with Siobhan Blake Thursday 10 Dec

MG994 Swing jazz rhythm notation with Angèle Veltmeijer Saturday 12 Dec

MR001 Healthy practice for wind instrumentalists with Lindsey Fillingham & Brita Forsstrom Saturday 12 Dec