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

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  1. Play-reading
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

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

    Come together with others to explore the work of different playwrights, share the spoken word and gain insight into differnet plays. These fun and friendly sessions are for people who would like to read and discuss plays under the guidance of a theatre professional. Working in a supportive atmosphere you will read out loud and discuss the main themes of a range of both contemporary and classic texts.



    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
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  2. Debating: beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Debating requires the ability to speak English persuasively in public and, crucially, to respond rapidly to other people’s objections to what you say. We will cover the theory and practice of debating, and you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style. A great mental workout. 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 £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  3. Medieval Christmas Carols
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the rich heritage of medieval Christmas carols. Learn about traditional forms of the carol and the history behind selected examples.



    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 £18.00
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  4. Choir at lunchtime
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Come and spend your lunchtime singing a range of music, in interesting choral arrangements. It's good for the mind, body and spirit. Sing music from across all genres, have fun and leave with a spring in your step. There's no better pick-me-up at lunchtime! Please note, to participate in this face-to-face class, you may be required to wear a face mask.



    Break week 25th October 2021.



    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 £129.00 Senior fee £90.00 Concession £65.00
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  5. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021 (and 8 other dates)

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

    A near-beginners’ course for pianists. If you have completed Piano/keyboards 1A or and have basic keyboard and music reading skills in C position, this course will introduce you to more notes.



    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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  6. Handel in Ireland
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    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
  7. Reading English literature aloud: early 20th century
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    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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  8. Speak Shakespeare monologues and scenes: tragedies
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Whether you are preparing a Shakespearean monologue for audition or simply have an interest in their structure, rhythm and poetry, this course enables you to work on and speak monologues from the Tragedies with confidence.There is also an opportunity to rehearse duologues from Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet.



    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
  9. Character voice for animation, stage and screen
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Character voices aren’t just for cartoons. Learn the tools and techniques you need to create new and unique character voices or to accurately imitate a historical or contemporary voice for animation, stage and screen. 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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £149.00
  10. Acting for radio: beginners
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore acting and performing for radio, working on scenes, sound effects, monologues, commercials, voiceovers and all kinds of microphone techniques, in a supportive but professional environment. This course will be online. Tutor: David Gooderson.



    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
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  11. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (and 6 other dates)

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

    This is the beginning of our piano programme, designed for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing.



    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:
    97% of 100
  12. Speak Shakespeare monologues and scenes: comedies
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Whether you are preparing a Shakespearean monologue for audition or simply have an interest in their structure, rhythm and poetry, this course enables you to work on and speak monologues from the Comedies with confidence.There is also an opportunity to rehearse scenework from these plays and perhaps to visit Lincoln's Inn Library to see Shakespeare's 2nd Folio. We will work on Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream specifically.



    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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