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. Great works: Stabat mater from plainchant to Pärt
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trish Shaw
    This course examines a core Latin Christian hymn text, Stabat mater dolorosa, which has received dozens of musical settings over eight centuries, from the 13th century to the present day. Why does this particular text hold such fascination for composers, and how has its meaning been interpreted through music?
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  2. Piano workshop 7
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Apr 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Petros Moschos
    If you play piano at around grade 7 standard, join one of these lively workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide range of piano repertoire, with a focus on technique, tone production, pedalling and performance skills.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £249.00 Concession £162.00
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  3. Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £329.00 Concession £230.00
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  4. Tap dance: beginners
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 25 Apr 2024 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  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.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £97.00
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  5. Piano/keyboards 5C
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 25 Apr 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    For pianists with around four years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music



    reading, and your confidence.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  6. Tap dance: improvers
    Course start date:  Thu 25 Apr 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  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.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
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  7. Acting: beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Sep 2024 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cara Jennings
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course, designed for people with little or no experience of acting. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and creative environment.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £195.00
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  8. Singing 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Penelope Homer
    Start singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building course. These classes will introduce you to healthy use of your singing voice and basic musicianship through a selection of songs from a variety of genres.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £167.00
  9. Singing 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Sep 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katherine Strohmaier
    Continue your singing journey and explore your voice in the second year of our training programme. These classes will further develop your singing voice and musicianship skills through a selection of technical exercises and songs from a variety of genres to suit all musical tastes. Break week 25th Oct 2023.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £181.00
  10. Piano/keyboards 4A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Sep 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andriana Minou
    For pianists with around three years' experience. Improve your piano technique, coordination, phrasing, music



    reading, and your confidence.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £160.00
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  11. English pronunciation: stage 3
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 26 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David John Gwillim
    Designed for students who have completed 'English Pronunciation' stages 1 and 2, and those who have near native placement. Conversation and the reading aloud of a variety of texts will help to pinpoint those pronunciation worries still to be addressed when speaking English as a non-native speaker. This course will be taught in the college.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £181.00
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  12. Piano/keyboards 4C
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 25 Apr 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    For pianists with around three years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music



    reading, and your confidence.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
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