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

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Singing 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Hakan Vramsmo
    Start singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building online course. We 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 £179.00 Senior fee £179.00
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    100% of 100
  2. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    This is the beginning of our piano programme, designed for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing.



    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
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  3. Dance improvisation
    Course start date:  Tue 22 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Orley Quick
    Through guided tasks, games and scores, explore different ways of moving and responding in this physical and playful course. Suitable for people with and without previous dance experience.



    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
  4. Radio presenting: improvers
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 22 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Allis Moss
    Extend and develop your skills for a range of radio broadcasts, presenting and putting a live news, current affairs, features and music programme to air, creating the content yourselves. You'll need to have taken the beginners’ course or have previous industry experience. This course will be online.



    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 £151.00
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    100% of 100
  5. Directing theatre: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 22 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Bowen
    Broaden your skills and explore your director's voice in greater depth. Work on various modern and classical pieces, and select your own material.



    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 £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
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  6. Music theory: grade 5
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Edward Henderson
    Learn about irregular metre, tenor clef, major and minor keys to six flats/sharps, primary triads, cadences, and standard expression signs. Essential for anyone taking higher grade practical exams. Break Week: 31 May 2022.



    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 £175.00 Concession £134.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  7. Mixing and music production techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 8 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Ideal if you know the basics but want your music to sound more polished and professional. Tips and tricks for mixing, using compressors, limiters, EQ, reverb and other devices. Examples will be given in a variety of software on Mac computers, although the course is equally suitable for users of other systems.



    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 £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £108.00
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    100% of 100
  8. Great artists: Fanny Mendelssohn
    Course start date:  Tue 29 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Surprise! It’s the ‘other’ Mendelssohn who wrote music. Learn all about Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and her work, her aspirations, her relationship with her family, and her artistic output. Come for the music, stay for the person (as well)!



    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 £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
  9. City Lit wind ensemble: advanced
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    Explore the wonderful repertoire for mixed wind ensemble, developing your technical, musical and ensemble skills. You need to play an orchestral wind instrument at grade 5 standard or higher. mid-term break: 17 May 2022.



    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 £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
  10. Tap dance: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    If you are new to tap then this is the place to start. Come and find your dancing feet. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.



    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 £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  11. Tap dance: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    Practise and improve your basic Tap skills and increase your vocabulary of steps and sequences. Gain a greater understanding of rhythm, tempo and syncopation. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.



    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 £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  12. Use your voice assertively
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Lloyd Wylde
    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.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  13. Music theory: counterpoint 3
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Selena Kay
    Explore the art of counterpoint, a musical technique in which two or more melodies are combined to create a highly engaging musical texture. This term will focus on imitative forms including invention, canon and fugue, as well as analysing examples of counterpoint in repertoire from the Baroque period to Twentieth Century. Break weeks 31st May and 07 June 2021.



    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 £121.00
  14. Silver Swans ballet class improvers
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Scott
    This improvers course will focus on expanding existing knowledge of ballet technique and vocabulary and is designed to enable you to learn and execute more varied and complex movement sequences. There is an emphasis on delivering ballet technique to facilitate healthy joints, flexibility, movement quality and core strength.



    Silver Swans® classes have been specifically designed for the over-55s and the improvers course is suitable for older leaners with at least 1 year of foundation ballet or Silver Swans experience.



    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  15. Sibelius: from Nationalist to Modernist
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    Come and explore the music of Sibelius – creator of a Finnish national sound, but also an influential musical modernist. No previous musical knowledge necessary. Scheduled break week: 17 May 2022.



    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 £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00

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