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 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. Singing: daily vocal workout
    Course start date:  Mon 15 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Heather Longman
    Do you find it diffucult to motivate yourself to practise singing? Do you get stuck wondering which warm-ups and exercises are the best ones for you? Or have you had a break from singing and need some encouragemnet to get back into practising? Then come and join us online for a week of daily warm-ups and exercises to get you on the right track.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £41.00
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Ballet at the barre: online
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alexander Simpkins
    An online barre class from the comfort of your own home. The work you do at the ballet barre is the foundation for all the other work you do as a dancer. Improve your strength, balance and coordination. Not suitable for complete beginners.



    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 £87.00 Concession £71.00
  6. Storytelling for business and pleasure 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  John Eastman
    All cultures respect the world of Story. The ability to tell Stories, in a variety of settings, is a skill that has seen a strong resurgence both in the workplace and in contemporary performance. Gain greater confidence in your communication skills and apply this to your wider experience. 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 £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
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    95% of 100
  7. Exploring classical music: module 3
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Neil Luck
    Do you want to know more about classical music history? Explore selected topics and key works in Romantic and modern music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Please note this course has a mid-term break: 28 May 2024.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  8. Radio and podcast presenting: beginners (online)
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Allis Moss
    What makes a good radio presenter? From ad-libbing to reading scripts (including your own if you want) to interviewing and reading the news. This course will help you develop a skillset for presenting, whether it’s radio broadcasting or online podcasting. The course is supported by a media technician who willl edit student recordings from each session. It is suitable for anyone wanting to kick-start a podcast or radio career, enhance presenting or performance skills or if you’re just looking to improve general confidence at the mic.



    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
  9. Nine lessons and carols
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Dec 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    What is a Service of nine lessons and carols? Where did it begin and how has it become associated with the chapel and choir of King’s College, Cambridge? Explore the cultural and musical history of this service in this short online course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  10. Exploring classical music: module 2
    Course start date:  Thu 25 Apr 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Do you want to know more about classical music history? Explore selected topics and key works in Baroque to Classical music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Please note this course has a scheduled mid-term break: 30 May 2024.



    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 £110.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  11. Exploring classical music: module 4
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Neil Luck
    This course explores key ideas in art music during the twentieth century. Each week’s topic is introduced through study of a seminal musical work. **Break week: 20th Feb 2025.



    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 £139.00
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  12. Introduction to the orchestra
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    What is an orchestra? And why does it need a conductor? We’ll examine orchestral instruments and many works to answer these questions, discovering a blend of exciting sounds which communicates the composer’s intentions to the audience.



    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 £90.00
    Rating:
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  13. Use your voice assertively (online)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Allis Moss
    Do you want to sound more confident, grounded, self-assured and assertive? Improve your vocal skills through a series of exercises that will support you to become more vocally confident, expressive and dynamic without appearing arrogant. 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 £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
  14. Introduction to musicals
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Feb 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    From Showboat to Hamilton, this course surveys key examples from the history of the modern musical and examines the way different styles of music, dance and words work on stage.



    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 £90.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
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