Voice and Speech Courses & Classes in London and Online

Choosing your course

Voice Training for Actors and Professionals at City Lit is offered by some of the highest qualified voice specialists in the industry today. Voice skills are not just for actors, they are for anyone who wishes to unlock the full expressive potential of their voice.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Expert tutors

The majority of our tutors have an MA in Voice Studies from Royal Central School of speech and Drama, the highest international qualification. Our classes are taught by professional performers and practitioners, many of whom also teach at leading London drama schools. We also offer advanced masterclasses focusing on different voice practitioners. Please refer to individual course outlines for individual staff biographies.

Studying at City Lit

Our media studio in the heart of Covent Garden is fully equipped for study of voice in media, including Acting for Radio; Radio Presenting, Voiceovers and how to approach Character Voice for Animation. Our performance studios at City Lit’s Covent Garden headquarters are ideal spaces for working on the technical aspects of voice such as breath and articulation, crucial for any type of public speaking.

Find a course

Browse our range of voice courses in London and online below to choose your perfect option: both complete beginners and returning students are equally welcome at City Lit.

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  1. Accents: taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 9 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Expand your skillset as an actor or as someone with an interest in speech and phonetics by exploring one British regional accent in this fun taster class, which 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: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  2. Using your voice in mask work: taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 11 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this short taster class, delivered face to face, you will explore the vocalising of different characters in fairy tales. Equipped with a paper bag, draw a face on each side and rotate the bag while inventing a dialogue between characters. The perfect class for social distancing, mask wearing actors to improve articulation and character voice idiosyncracies.

    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: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  3. Actor's voice: beginners

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech; relaxation and alignment; breath capacity/control; articulation, forward placement and expressiveness. This course is primarily aimed at actors in training and those wishing to maintain good vocal regime.

    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

  4. Accents: North American standard and regional

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    How to speak with confidence and authenticity in a North American or Broadcast Standard accent as well as a couple of regional American accents as time permits.

    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

  5. English pronunciation: stage 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you a non-native fluent speaker who wants to improve your pronunciation of English? Work on correct formation of vowel and consonant sounds including the English neutral vowel and the distinction between voiced and unvoiced sounds.

    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

  6. English pronunciation: stage 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Designed for people who have completed ‘English Pronunciation: stage 1’ although new students with sufficient skills can join. Develop fluency and clarity, explore diphthongs and triphthongs, inflexion and the rhythms of Standard English.

    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

  7. Combining voice and Pilates

    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This innovative course shows you how to integrate modified Pilates movements with voice training as a holistic approach to voice, starting at breath release and progressing into phonation and resonance. Through this combination you may begin to find a link between body and voice through the core muscles of support.

    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

  8. Debating: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021 (and 2 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 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

  9. Debating: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    For those who have some experience in debating or related courses, you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style, while honing your articulation and enunciation.

    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

  10. Reading English literature aloud: early 20th century

    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Come and enjoy reading aloud short stories and passages from novels by early 20th century writers including

    E.M. Forster; Daphne Du Maurier and D.H. Lawrence.

    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

  11. Speak Shakespeare monologues and scenes: Comedies

    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    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.

    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

  12. English pronunciation: stage 3

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Designed for students who have completed 'English Pronunciation' stages 1 and 2. Conversation and the reading aloud of a variety of texts will help to pinpoint those pronunciation worries still to be addressed.

    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

  13. Voice technique: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve the quality and clarity of your voice through posture, breath capacity and control, articulation, resonance, forward placement and pitch. For anyone who wants to make the most of their voice.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  14. Storytelling for business and pleasure 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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. Come to gain greater confidence in your communication skills and wider experience.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  15. Use your voice assertively

    New Evening
    Course Date: Fri 15 Jan 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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

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