Performing arts - Online

Performing Arts Courses & Classes in London and Online

City Lit offers performing arts courses in the heart of Covent Garden in Central London during the evening, daytime and at weekends. Explore our range of subjects including acting(including accredited acting courses)danceradio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as pianosingingstrings and wind instruments to jazz and popmusic technologymusic theory and history

Our courses are labelled clearly for beginners or those with previous experience and you can speak to a specialist advisor to help you choose the right level. If you would you like some help or advice:

For music courses email music@citylit.ac.uk. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.

For drama, dance and speech courses email drama@citylit.ac.uk

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Piano/keyboards 1D
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 15 Jan 2024 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    This is the second year of our beginners piano programme and repertoire will be of a pre-grade 1 standard. Improve your eye/hand coordination, your reading and finger technique.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
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  2. Jazz woodshedding online
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 1 Oct 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Della Rhodes, Angele Veltmeijer
    Explore, transpose and rehearse patterns of scales and chord tones relevant to improvising over jazz progressions. Ideal if you have completed 'Jazz harmony and ear training' and want to keep up your practice at home in a live group class.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £109.00
  3. Songwriting pod
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 3 Oct 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    Apply creative techniques to structure your ideas into memorable melodies and catchy lyrics. Collaborate with other musicians and songwriters to inspire you to compose new songs and finish half-completed songs. Live, interactive sessions on Zoom.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £125.00
  4. Great Jazz composers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 8 Oct 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sara Dhillon
    Explore five famous Jazz composers and learn to identify key features of their style. This short course will help you refresh and expand your listening.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £77.00
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  5. TV presenting for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Oct 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kathryn Wolfe
    Have you ever thought you could cut it as a TV presenter, but been unsure where to start? Discover your TV presenting potential. Learn how to present to camera, read autocue, memorise a piece to camera, interview and talk to time.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £111.00
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  6. Using your voice for audio books and talking newspapers
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Oct 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Richard Hollingworth
    Would you like to narrate audio books? Are you interested in community work such as talking newspapers for the blind? Explore vocal skills and techniques required in these areas and identify what style works for you. This course will be delivered online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £84.00
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  7. Play-reading
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Oct 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Simon Bowen
    Come together with others to explore the work of different playwrights, share the spoken word and gain insight into different plays. These fun and friendly sessions are for people who would like to read and discuss plays under the guidance of a theatre professional. Working in a supportive atmosphere you will read out loud and discuss the main themes of a range of both contemporary and classic texts.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
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  8. Debating: beginners (online)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Oct 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Gavin Illsley
    Debating requires the ability to speak English persuasively in public and, crucially, to respond rapidly to other people’s objections to what you say. We will cover the theory and practice of debating, and you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style. A great mental workout. This course will be taught online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £77.00
  9. Singing workshop (online)
    Course start date:  Thu 26 Oct 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Siobhan Blake
    An online workshop class for singers with a solid foundation in vocal tecnhnique and musicianship: employ your vocal technique in a more flexible and artistic way and deepen your understanding of critical evaluation of singing. Repertoire to be discussed with the tutor.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £118.00
  10. Radio and podcast presenting: improvers (online)
    Course start date:  Mon 30 Oct 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Allis Moss
    Extend and develop your skills for a range of podcasts and radio broadcasts, presenting and putting a live news, current affairs, features and music programme to air, creating the content yourselves. The course is the second of three that allows students to progress from complete beginner to an advanced level with the aim of being able to present and pitch programme ideas professionally. You'll need to have taken the beginners’ course or have previous industry experience. This course will be online and supported by a media technician.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
  11. Speak Shakespeare monologues and scenes: tragedies
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Nov 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vernon Thompson
    Whether you are preparing a Shakespearean monologue for audition or simply have an interest in their structure, rhythm and poetry, this course enables you to work on and speak monologues from the Tragedies with confidence, with full focus this term on Hamlet. We will also rehearse duologues from the play.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
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  12. Presenting to camera for Vlog and YouTube
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Nov 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kathryn Wolfe
    Do you want to vlog or present on YouTube but don't know where to start? This course will cover what kit to use, and how to present to your viewers, whether streaming from home or on location. It’s a mix of presenting skills and technical advice for non-technical people, focussing on presenting and setting up your domestic recordings.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £111.00
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  13. Storytelling: taster
    Course start date:  Thu 30 Nov 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ariella Eshed
    We all like to hear stories! This short taster class will help you to tell them. Traditional, anecdotal, personal, fairytales, fables…they all require the key ingredient of confidence, and a basic understanding of structure. The class will be delivered online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  14. Christmas Carols: a brief history
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Dec 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Discover the rich heritage of Christmas carols. Learn about traditional forms of the carol and the history behind selected examples from the medieval to twentieth century.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  15. Exploring the music of Fanny Mendelssohn
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Jan 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    The elder of two brilliant composer siblings, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel was a child prodigy and prolific composer who was unable to pursue a glittering public career as her brother did. We explore her life and her work, her aspirations, her relationship with her family, and her artistic output. ** This course has a scheduled break week: 30 Jan 2024.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
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