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

Some of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning .

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

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  1. Narration skills
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dian Perry
    A fun and intensive course about the incredible world of narration. This enormous and lucrative area of the voiceover world includes e-learning, documentaries, audio books, medical/technical narration, explainer videos and more. You’ll learn how to deliver great reads from the inside out. It’s not just about the sound of your voice! The 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 £159.00 Concession £139.00
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  2. Singing in a group: body, voice, and time
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trish Shaw
    Explore the connection between body and voice through singing, and discover how our experience of time can be affected through singing. An introduction to the physical and psychological benefits of singing in a group.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  3. Experiencing time through playing percussion
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    This session explores the theme of Time, and how we experience it when playing music, especially with others. You will play rhythmic patterns with and against regular pulse, explore the effects of repetition, and discover how these may affect your own state of mind and your connection with others.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  4. Explore the body through contemporary dance
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Orley Quick
    An introduction to the basics of Contemporary dance through Release-based technique, to help you understand the principles of the body in movement and explore your own movement range. This event is part of the 2022 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  5. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Wilson
    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. NB: no lesson 26th October 2022.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
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    97% of 100
  6. Sing music theatre workshop
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Heather Longman
    This popular course explores musical theatre singing. Grow your knowledge of the repertoire. Suitable for singers and actors wanting to improve their singing and 'acting through song' technique. Be guided through the basics to find the right singing qualities for this repertoire.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00
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  7. Introduction to acting
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gemma Kerr
    A fun one day intensive encounter with the acting process. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and supportive environment.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
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  8. 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
  9. Play-reading
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Simon Bowen
    Come together with others to explore the work of different playwrights, share the spoken word and gain insight into different plays. These fun and friendly sessions are for people who would like to read and discuss plays under the guidance of a theatre professional. Working in a supportive atmosphere you will read out loud and discuss the main themes of a range of both contemporary and classic texts.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00
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  10. Musical theatre dance: beginners
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clinton Goldsmith
    The class for everyone who has ever been to a show and thought “I wish I were up there performing.” A fun, vibrant class, working on different numbers and styles from some of the best loved West End / Broadway shows. Develop your style, technique, and performance, and improve your confidence to dance. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £58.00
  11. Acting: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    Continue your development as you explore a range of exercises and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven a variety of scripts and scenes. Consolidate techniques and deepen your understanding in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  12. Acting for radio and podcast dramas: beginners
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Gooderson
    Explore acting and performing for radio, working on scenes, sound effects, monologues, commercials, voiceovers and all kinds of microphone techniques, in a supportive but professional environment. This course will be held in the media studio. Tutor: David Gooderson.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
  13. Introduction to music production
    Course start date:  Wed 16 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Come and learn the basics of recording and editing using a free or cheap digital audio program that can run on either Mac or PC. Turn your musical ideas into completed songs you can share!
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00
  14. Musical theatre dance: taster
    Course start date:  Wed 30 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clinton Goldsmith
    Our fun taster session is a great way to try a class and to meet our friendly team of professionals who will guide you through some of the basics and answer your questions, so you can be sure that a course is right for you. As well as being a dynamic introduction to a creative discipline, these sessions give you a clear idea of what you can expect. Open to anyone interested in dance, with or without previous experience.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
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  15. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 8 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Wilson
    A near-beginners’ course for pianists. If you have completed Piano/keyboards 1A or and have basic keyboard and music reading skills in C position, this course will introduce you to more notes.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
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