Performing arts - Online - Keeley Street

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 in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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.

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  1. Great works: Handel's Xerxes
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Explore Handel’s ever-popular opera, and discover key features of Handel’s musical language.



    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
  2. An introduction to Gurbani Sangita
    Course start date:  Mon 15 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cheslav Singh
    Gurbani Sangita is the music of the Sikhs; once widely present in the Indian subcontinent and beyond, a pinnacle of musical excellence, it is now nearly extinct. In this short session, many facets of this still potent, living tradition will be explored, including unique musical compositions, melodic modes, pedagogical processes and instruments.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  3. Flute taster
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pamela Pecko Smith
    The course introduces you to the basic techniques of playing the flute and gives you an insight into what is involved in learning the instrument.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  4. The Patsy Rodenburg approach to voice
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lloyd Wylde
    Explore the great Patsy Rodenburg's celebrated work in an intensive voice and speech workshop in the college.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  5. Great works: Rhapsody in Blue
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    100 years ago a 26-year-old New York songwriter realised that his name appeared on a concert poster advertising An Experiment in Modern Music, featuring a piece composed by him. He had five weeks to complete it, and the result was Rhapsody in Blue.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  6. Vibrato: a short study
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    What is vibrato and how is it used? Learn about the history of vocal vibrato and arguments surrounding its use.



    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
  7. Great artists: Leonard Bernstein
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was a brilliant conductor, composer, and educator, and a sometimes controversial public figure. We explore his music in the context of the arts in America, looking especially at his effortless assimilation of popular and classical styles.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  8. Music history book club
    Course start date:  Fri 19 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    The music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biography with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book is The Jewels of Paradise: Donna Leon.



    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
  9. Classical music: an introduction
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Are you interested in finding out more about classical music but not sure where to start? This taster course will



    introduce you to the history of music through a careful choice of works.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
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  10. Clarinet taster
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  George Sleightholme
    Learn the basics of clarinet playing and discover what is involved in learning the instrument: embouchure, breathing, articulation and fingering. Please bring your own Bb clarinet.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  11. Saxophone taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 27 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    Discover how a saxophone class works, and learn about embouchure, breathing, and fingering. Bring your tenor or alto saxophone to this session.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  12. Drum kit taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 27 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mark Huggett
    Spend time with our drumming tutor, meet the drum kit, and - if you have sticks and a practice pad - come and play.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  13. Violin and viola taster
    Course start date:  Mon 29 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Learn how to hold the violin/viola and bow, how the instrument works, and play some simple tunes by the end of the session. Please bring your own instrument.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  14. Folk and pop guitar taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 3 Aug 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jeff Rodrigues
    Learn the essential chords that will begin your guitar career, and develop the motor skill to strum pop songs. Please bring an acoustic guitar.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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