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

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. Storytelling for business and pleasure 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  John Eastman
    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. Gain greater confidence in your communication skills and apply this to your wider experience. 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 £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
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  2. Exploring classical music: module 3
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Neil Luck
    Do you want to know more about classical music history? Explore selected topics and key works in Romantic and modern music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Please note this course has a mid-term break: 28 May 2024.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  3. Exploring the music of Anton Bruckner
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    Composer of vast symphonies, virtuoso organist, mystic… simpleton? Anton Bruckner’s remarkable catalogue of works and unorthodox career path – not to mention his seeming lack of confidence in his own abilities, even as a senior musical figure – have long been a subject of fascination. Come and discover more about this brilliant, unusual figure and his music.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £90.00
  4. Acting for wellbeing
    Course start date:  Tue 7 May 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Juliet Prague
    Increase your physical and emotional wellbeing 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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
  5. Exploring the music of Gustav Holst
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    Composer, teacher, trombonist… Gustav Holst is known above all for his orchestral suite The Planets, premiered in 1918. But this intriguing musician was also profoundly interested in Hindu literature and philosophy, early British music, English folksong and Wagner. This course provides a brief introduction to his life and career.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £90.00
  6. Storytelling: tell your personal story
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Apr 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Eastman
    Tell your own personal story to others, and in so doing gain some perspective on how past events have shaped your life and how they will affect your future, while at the same time inspiring and informing others about life choices. The course will take place in a safe environment in the college.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
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  7. Topics in Romantic music
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    A whistle-stop tour of Western classical music in the 19th century. You will explore the ideas that came to define Romanticism for composers and performers, study a range of musical works, and consider the changing context of performance from c.1790 to c.1914. NB: Break week 18 Feb 2025.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £167.00
  8. Debussy: an introduction to his music
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edward Henderson
    Debussy is one of the most recognisable early 20th century composers. His influence was far reaching. Come and explore several key works to find out what makes his style so distinctive, and his music so intoxicating.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £90.00
  9. Electronic music: a brief history
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Feb 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edward Henderson
    From the sound you phone makes to wake you up in the morning to pop, club music and concert music – electronic music is everywhere an available to everyone. This course tells the story of electronic music from computers as big as rooms in the WDR studios in Cologne to GarageBand on your iphone and the music that was made along the way.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £90.00
  10. Beethoven: an introduction to his music
    Course start date:  Tue 3 Jun 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edward Henderson
    Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the most important composers in the Western classical canon. Come and discover more about this most famous of Austro-German composers on a short introductory course.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
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