Online - Performing arts

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. Silver Swans ballet barre
    Course Date:  Fri 16 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Adapted for older learners our Silver Swans® ballet barre classes have been specifically designed for the over-55s. Ballet barre practice improves posture, strength and flexibility, focusing on the placement of the body and co-ordination. This class is suitable for those looking for a new way to exercise in a fun, relaxed learning group.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £47.00
  2. Using your voice for audio books and talking newspapers
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00
  3. Song writing pod
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to use creative techniques to structure your ideas into memorable melodies and catchy lyrics. Collaborate with other musicians and songwriters to inspire you to compose new songs and finish half-completed songs.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
  4. Voice technique: improvers
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 3 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will support your extended vocal development with a focus on resonance, tonality and pitch. Open to those who have completed at least one voice course previously as well as professionals looking to refresh their skills.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
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  5. World music: Ghanaian Highlife
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 6 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The West African tradition of Highlife mixes Ghanaian percussion rhythms with calypso, and is played on guitars and horns. Join these live sessions to play classic tunes by Highlife artists such as Osibisa and E.T.Mensah. Open to percussionists, instrumentalists and singers - anyone who can hold a rhythm!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  6. Use your voice assertively
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
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  7. Recording yourself at home: techniques and tips
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 8 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how to record yourself using your home digital audio equipment. Suitable for those with some previous experience in digital audio.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  8. Latin piano
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 9 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This practical online course for pianists (grade 5 ABRSM and above) will introduce you to the dynamic role of the piano in Afro-Cuban and Salsa music. We will focus on harmonic development, rhythm, learning common montuno patterns, performance and improvisation, playing classic Cuban styles including Son, Mambo, Bolero, and Cha Cha Cha.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  9. Singing for fun
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 13 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Start singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building online course. This short course will introduce you to healthy voice-use and basic musicianship through a selection of songs from a variety of genres.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
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  10. Sight-reading for choral singers
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 13 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you sing in a choir or a choral society, or are thinking of joining one? Would you like to feel more confident about reading sheet music and sight-singing? Then join experienced singer and conductor, Penny Homer, for this short online course, to fill the gaps in your knowledge and improve your sight-singing skills in choral situations.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
  11. Play-reading: Greek drama
    Course Date:  Wed 23 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Share the spoken word as you read and discuss two of the most powerful classical plays from the genre of Greek Tragedy. An excellent way to gain a deeper understanding of the text and the themes of the plays.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  12. Acting: text intensive
    Course Date:  Fri 25 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A fast-moving course exploring a range of plays from different genres, in which students can take on the challenge of learning a new short piece of text every week. Students will have the opportunity to read with different scene partners and discover new plays and playwrights.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
  13. Stand-up comedy: develop your material
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your stand-up comedy skills in this comprehensive and supportive workshop where you can create new material and enhance your impact as you explore new techniques and writing insights.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00
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  14. A brief history of improvisation in classical music
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 8 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course explores the practice of improvisation in classical music, spanning the Baroque period to contemporary music. You'll explore music of composers including Bach, Mozaty, Liszt and Clara Schumann and discover how improvisation features in contemporary classical music-making.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  15. Comedy: sketch writing and performing (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Course times Sat: 10:30-13:30, Sun 14:00-17:00

    Learn how to create, write, and perform comedy material for stage and TV and online. Working under the guidance of an Emmy award winning comedy producer / director you will gain insights into the craft behind successful comedy. This course is for complete beginners but is also ideal for those looking to brush up their comedy skills.

    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 £36.00
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