Performing arts - Keeley Street

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. The holistic voice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Sep 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    Your voice should be an extension of your character. This Saturday workshop offers accessible and empowering mind-body techniques to deepen your awareness and connection to your voice so that the message you give out is true to your intention.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £62.00
  2. Acting for wellbeing
    Course start date:  Tue 8 Oct 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Juliet Prague
    Increase your physical and emotional well-being through playful and fun acting exercises. Connect, take notice, be active, learn new skills, become more present and engaged with others using tools drawn from actor training.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  3. Christmas crooning
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Dec 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Don your sparkly jumpers and get into the Christmas spirit as you sing along to some Christmas classics!
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  4. Mediaeval Christmas carols
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Dec 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Discover the rich heritage of medieval Christmas carols. Learn about traditional forms of the carol and the history behind selected examples.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  5. Christmas carols sing-along
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Dec 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Siobhan Blake
    Transport yourself into a joyous frame of mind and festive spirit as you sing through some of the most beautiful settings of medieval carols. Explore harmonic textures, musical interpretations, get technical tips for tricky corners and enjoy singing these wonderful pieces with others!
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  6. Great musical eras: Paris in the 1920s
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Dec 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karen Betley, Pauline Greene
    Come and discover the music of an explosive period of artistic expression which followed the horrors of the First World War.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £34.00
  7. Great works: Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Apr 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trish Shaw
    The fantastical opera L'Enfant et les sortileges, by Maurice Ravel, was first performed in March 1925 at the Monte Carlo Opera. Come and explore this delightful work, with plot and libretto by the novelist Collete, and its magical characters and even more magical music.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  8. Great composers: Puccini
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Apr 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Everyone knows at least one Puccini tune, even if they’ve never seen a Puccini opera. Football fans, for example, can sing ‘Nessun dorma’, and there are plenty more where we know the tune even if we can’t sing all the words or know which opera it comes from. What is it about this composer that made him so famous in his own time and in ours? In this centenary year of his death we look at his operas, his bohemian lifestyle, and his reputation. Is he a ‘great’ composer? How can we decide?
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  9. Great works: Beethoven's Symphony No 9 "Choral"
    Course start date:  Tue 8 Apr 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Beethoven’s monumental ninth symphony, first performed in 1824, has had an enormous impact on western classical music and on wider European culture. How did Beethoven come to write this work, and what does this symphony still mean to us two centuries after its first performance?
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  10. Great works: Bizet's Carmen
    Course start date:  Thu 10 Apr 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Bizet’s Carmen is one of the most performed operas world-wide. We know it as a thrilling drama involving love, betrayal and death, focused on a charismatic character who brings about her own destruction at the hands of the man who loves her. Bizet never saw the popular version of his opera and died thinking it was a flop. We explore the story behind its composition and how it became a super-hit.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
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