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

Most of our courses are currently delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning . For face-to-face classes at the college, see our information about staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Accents: standard English
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Jonathan Mulquin
    Do you feel stuck in a regional or international accent? Would you like to learn how to speak Standard English? This course is not for speakers of other languages who should take English Pronunciation courses instead.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
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    100% of 100
  2. City Lit a cappella
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Della Rhodes
    This small ensemble of experienced harmony singers learn original arrangements of jazz and popular songs. Develop your listening, timing, intonation, musical memory, and team work. New members with good music reading and aural skills are welcome.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
  3. Singing workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Ruth Beckmann
    An online workshop class for singers of 5 years’ experience or more: employ your vocal technique in a more flexible and artistic way and deepen your understanding of critical evaluation of singing. Repertoire project tbc. Break week: 17th February 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £164.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  4. Music theory: grade 5
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Edward Henderson
    Learn about irregular metre, tenor clef, major and minor keys to six flats/sharps, primary triads, cadences, and



    standard expression signs. Essential for anyone taking higher grade practical exams. break week: 17th Feb 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  5. Narration skills
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Feb 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Dian Perry
    A fun and intensive workshop all about the incredible world of narration. This enormous and lucrative area of the voiceover world includes e-learning, documentaries, audio books, medical/technical narration, explainer videos and more. You’ll learn how to deliver great reads from the inside out. It’s not just about the sound of your voice! 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 £139.00 Senior fee £139.00
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  6. Using your voice for audio books and talking newspapers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 28 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    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 takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
  7. Reading English literature aloud: late 20th century and beyond
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vernon Thompson
    Come and enjoy reading aloud short stories and passages from novels by late 20th century and contemporary novelists. Join our online Wednesday afternoon reading club! This term:



    The Remains of the Day- Ishiguro



    The Thursday Murder Club- Osman.



    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 £73.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  8. Acting for radio and podcast dramas: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  David Gooderson
    Explore microphone techniques and demands across different areas of acting work on radio. For those who have completed a beginners’ course or have previous relevant industry experience. This course will be online.



    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 £189.00 Concession £129.00
  9. Accents: London, General American and British regional
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jonathan Mulquin
    Expand your skillset as an actor or as someone with an interest in speech and phonetics by mastering regional and international accents, including London; General American, and at least one regional British accent. 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 £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  10. Piano/keyboards 4B
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    For pianists with around three years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music



    reading, and your confidence.



    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 £159.00 Concession £121.00
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    100% of 100
  11. Handel in Ireland
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Patrick Allies
    After more than 20 years at the helm of London’s operatic life, Handel’s 1741 trip to Ireland is seen as key to his decision to focus on oratorio. Explore works of this transitional period in Handel's life. Scheduled break week 16 Feb 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  12. Reading English literature aloud: early 20th century
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vernon Thompson
    Come and enjoy reading aloud passages from novels by early 20th century writers in our Wednesday afternoon reading group; this term E.M. Forster and Daphne Du Maurier.



    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 £79.00
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    100% of 100
  13. Clarinet repertoire workshop
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  George Sleightholme
    This online course is for students who have a minimum of four years' experience on clarinet (playing at grade 5 standard or above), come and work on both technique and solo repertoire and enjoy some group playing. Offered every term.



    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 £189.00 Concession £115.00
  14. Keyboard harmony and technique D
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ricardo Gosalbo
    A practical workshop in keyboard harmony and technique for classical pianists with a starting standard of grade 6.



    Taught at the keyboard, this fourth module focuses on pianistic technique and harmonic analysis, with a particular emphasis on modulation. You will broaden your understanding of selected piano repertoire and develop finger-dexterity through work on piano studies by Moritz Moszkowski and Ignaz Moscheles. This is an online course, please see below for details.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  15. Sing jazz: advanced
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Clare Foster
    Online practical sessions for vocalists with a sound technique and experience of jazz and Latin styles. Develop your solo performance and expand your repertoire. Some repertoire and vocalese will be taught, and you will be invited to contribute and prepare repertoire of your choice.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00

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