Voice and speech

City lit offers a wide-ranging programme of voice and voice-technique courses suitable for business presentations, acting training and general vocal health.
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  1. Accents: Standard English

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Are you an actor or other public speaker who feels stuck in a regional or international accent? Would you like to learn how to improve your Standard English? This course is not for speakers of other languages who should take English Pronunciation courses instead.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Use your voice assertively

    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  3. Clear speech. Photo: Mikhail Gorbunov

    Clear Speech

    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This intensive course is ideal if you seek greater clarity and confidence in how you communicate. Suitable for anyone for whom English is the first language. Non- native speakers should attend English Pronunciation Stage 1.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  4. Debating: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    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.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  5. Debating: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    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.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  6. Voice technique: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  7. Actor's voice: improvers

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Mar 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This thorough and fun improvers' course will benefit your further vocal development as an actor or professional speaker. You will consolidate work on breath support and explore pitch and resonance.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  8. Actor's voice: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 3 Mar 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech; relaxation and alignment; breath capacity/control; articulation, forward placement and expressiveness.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  9. Practical voice

    Course Date: Wed 11 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech through relaxation, stance, breath capacity/control, articulation, forward placing and expression.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. Vocal anatomy

    Course Date: Tue 31 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn which bits of your body do what to produce your own unique voice & speech, and use this knowledge and understanding with practical exercises to clarify and strengthen your vocal communication.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  11. Accents: London, General American and British regional

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: International House
    Expand your skillset as an actor or as someone with an interest in speech and phonetics by mastering regional and international accents, including London; General American; West Yorkshire; Liverpool and Bristol. Break week 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  12. Accents: challenging British regional accents

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Expand your skillset as an actor or someone with an interest in speech and phonetics by mastering some more ‘challenging’ accents which may include Glasgow, Belfast, Nottingham and others. An invaluable skill for all working actors. Break week: 8 May (Bank holiday for 75th anniversary of VE Day).
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  13. Speaking Shakespeare: Twelfth Night and Much Ado

    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Work with Shakespearean text for sense, rhythm and emotional truth. We will discuss and workshop speeches and scenes from Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing. The course includes a visit to Middle Temple.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  14. Reading English literature aloud: late 20th century and beyond

    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and enjoy reading aloud short stories and passages from novels by late 20th century novelists including Barnes; Ishiguro; Barbara Vine and Boyne.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  15. Core energetics for actors

    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Core Energetics is a body-mind practice designed to enhance your self-awareness,'aliveness', creativity and focus. As an artist or performer, your voice and body are your instrument. "CORE" is a means to opening up physically, helping you to become aware of your energy flow and how to come fully into this energy. Based in modern psychology, science and spiritual principles, CORE has been designed to create whole-body-mind awareness and is a fun way to explore how to expand your range as an artist. You can expect a creative, immersive experience that will deepen inner growth, creating consciousness about yourself, and the way you relate to others.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

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