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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. Stand-up comedy: beginners
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the main skills you need to write and perform stand-up comedy. This online course is 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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  2. Comedy: creating and performing narrative comedy
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how to write comedy scripts and uncover the craft behind narrative comedy such as Frasier, Fleabag, and This Country and the classic sitcom. Under the guidance of a multi-award winning comedy Director and Producer, you will create new ideas, and formats for your projects. Explore classics and new forms of narrative comedy - by identifying key techniques behind their success – on television and online.

    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 £229.00 Concession £140.00
  3. Sing rock, pop and soul 1
    Course Date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Online classes for newcomers. Explore technique, repertoire and performance. Attention is given to rhythm and singing in harmony, and some improvisation. Work towards solo performance in funk, soul, blues, rock and indie styles.

    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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  4. Character voice for animation, stage and screen
    Course Date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £156.00
  5. Voiceovers: beginners
    Course Date:  Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore ‘on mic’ the skills and techniques required across a range of audio/voiceover situations, from radio commercials to talking books and beyond. 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 £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £164.00
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  6. Opera studies 1: passion, power and politics
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Inspired by the V&A exhibition of the same name in 2017, we explore opera in context by studying seven key premières and cities, ranging from the Italian Renaissance to 1930s Russia. This course has a scheduled break week: 25th October 2021.

    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. World music: an introduction
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore a range of musical traditions from around the world: Indian raga and Bollywood; Ghanaian and South African grooves; Ottoman makam and Klezmer; Samba and Salsa. Listen for characteristic features and learn about the cultural settings in which they are produced. break week: Tues 26 October 2021.

    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 £209.00 Concession £127.00
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  8. The long 19th century I: Romantics, poets and virtuosos
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the roots of Romanticism and its musical pioneers, from Beethoven and Schubert to Meyerbeer and Paganini, as we explore the rich interaction of poetry, art and composition in the early 1800s. This course has a scheduled break week: 26 October 2021.

    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
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  9. Handel in Italy: cantatas, sacred music and opera
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore Handel’s ‘Grand Tour’ of Italy and learn about the works he composed during these formative years. Break week: 27 October 2021.

    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
  10. Russian music in 19th century St Petersburg
    Course Date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come and explore the rich musical heritage of St Petersburg, one of the most important cultural centres in the nineteenth century and the focus for the creation of a national music in Russia. No previous muscial knowledge is necessary. Scheduled break week: 28 Oct 2021.

    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
  11. Screen acting
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 27 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Build your confidence and strengthen your camera technique to create truthful ‘on screen’ performances in this practical course.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £163.00

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