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. Reading English literature aloud: 19th century
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vernon Thompson
    Come and enjoy reading aloud prepared passages from novels by Mary Shelley and Charles Dickens, while using your voice to provide narrative and create character. The class also contains vocal warm up and sight reading elements each week. The course will be held online.



    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 £77.00
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  2. Accents: North American standard and regional
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    How to speak with confidence and authenticity in a North American (or Broadcast Standard) accent as well as a couple of other regional American accents This course will be taught in the college.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
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  3. Use your voice assertively
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Ian Taylor
    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 in the college.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  4. English pronunciation: stage 1
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  David John Gwillim
    Are you a non-native fluent speaker who wants to improve your pronunciation of English and to speak the language more clearly and confidently? Work on clear formation of vowel and consonant sounds including the English neutral vowel and the distinction between voiced and unvoiced sounds. This term the course will be taught online.



    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 £219.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  5. Actor's voice: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nikki Kelly
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech; relaxation and alignment; breath capacity/control; articulation, forward placement and vocal expression, primarily aimed at performers. This course will be taught in the college.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £103.00
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  6. Debating: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Gavin Illsley
    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 taught online.



    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
    Rating:
    92% of 100
  7. The art of negotiating
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Gavin Illsley
    Negotiation is a communication skill essential in solving problems and reaching your goals. Learn to prepare well and to feel confident using logical and emotional tools to achieve great outcomes. This course 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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  8. Voice technique: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    Improve the quality and clarity of your voice through posture, breath capacity and control, articulation, forward placement and pitch. For anyone who wants to make the most of their voice. This course will be taught in the college.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00
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  9. Storytelling for business and pleasure 1
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Ariella Eshed
    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 taught online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  10. English pronunciation: stage 3
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David John Gwillim
    Designed for students who have completed 'English Pronunciation' stages 1 and 2- this is an online version of our hugely popular face to face courses. Conversation and the reading aloud of a variety of texts will help to pinpoint those pronunciation worries still to be addressed when speaking English. This course will be taught online.



    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 £219.00 Concession £153.00
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  11. English pronunciation: stage 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 23 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  David John Gwillim
    Designed for people who have completed ‘English Pronunciation: stage 1’ although new students with sufficient skills can join. Develop confidence and clarity, explore diphthongs and triphthongs, inflection and the rhythms of Standard English. This term the course will be taught online.



    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 £219.00 Concession £153.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  12. Improve your speaking voice
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Giles Abbott
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech through relaxation, stance, breath capacity/control, articulation, forward placing and expression. This course will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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  13. The holistic voice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    Your voice should be an extension of your character. This 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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
  14. Speak Shakespeare monologues and scenes: tragedies
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vernon Thompson
    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 Tragedies with confidence.There is also an opportunity to rehearse duologues from Antony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus.



    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 £77.00
  15. Voice technique: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    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 taught in the college.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100

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