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), dance, radio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as piano, singing, strings and wind instruments to jazz and pop, music technology, music 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 email@example.com. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.
For drama, dance and speech courses email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Great works: Stabat mater from plainchant to PärtCourse start date: Thu 18 Apr 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Trish ShawThis 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?
- Piano tasterCourse start date: Mon 15 Jul 2024 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Cheslav SinghA fun introduction to the piano: learn the basics about the instrument, names of the notes and where they are, and how to play some simple tunes. Find out whether piano is the instrument for you!
- An introduction to Gurbani SangitaCourse start date: Mon 15 Jul 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Cheslav SinghGurbani 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
- Flute tasterCourse start date: Thu 18 Jul 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Pamela Pecko SmithThe course introduces you to the basic techniques of playing the flute and gives you an insight into what is involved in learning the instrument.
- The Patsy Rodenburg approach to voiceCourse start date: Thu 18 Jul 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Lloyd WyldeExplore the great Patsy Rodenburg's celebrated work in an intensive voice and speech workshop in the college.
- Vibrato: a short studyCourse start date: Thu 18 Jul 2024
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Edward BreenWhat 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.
- Music history book clubCourse start date: Fri 19 Jul 2024
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Edward BreenThe 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
- Clarinet tasterCourse start date: Wed 24 Jul 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: George SleightholmeLearn 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.
- Saxophone tasterCourse start date: Sat 27 Jul 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sarha MooreDiscover how a saxophone class works, and learn about embouchure, breathing, and fingering. Bring your tenor or alto saxophone to this session.
- Violin and viola tasterCourse start date: Mon 29 Jul 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Robert PuzeyLearn 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.
- Folk and pop guitar tasterCourse start date: Sat 3 Aug 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Jeff RodriguesLearn the essential chords that will begin your guitar career, and develop the motor skill to strum pop songs. Please bring an acoustic guitar.
- Cello tasterCourse start date: Wed 7 Aug 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Polly HewettLearn 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 email@example.com to check availability.
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