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 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. Great works: Stabat mater from plainchant to Pärt
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trish Shaw
    This course examines a core Latin Christian hymn text, Stabat mater dolorosa, which has received dozens of musical settings over eight centuries, from the 13th century to the present day. Why does this particular text hold such fascination for composers, and how has its meaning been interpreted through music?
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  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
  3. Flute taster
    Evening
    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
    Evening
    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. 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
  6. 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
  7. Clarinet taster
    Evening
    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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  8. 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
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  9. 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
  10. 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
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  11. 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
  12. Classical guitar taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 3 Aug 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jeff Rodrigues
    Enjoy this introduction to playing classical guitar. Please bring a nylon-strung guitar.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  13. Cello taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 7 Aug 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    Learn how to hold the cello and bow, how the instrument works, and play some simple tunes by the end of the session. Please bring your own instrument. The music department have a few cellos available to borrow. These are distributed on a first come-first served basis. Please contact music@citylit.ac.uk to check availability.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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