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. Singing: daily vocal workout
    Course start date:  Mon 15 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Heather Longman
    Do you find it diffucult to motivate yourself to practise singing? Do you get stuck wondering which warm-ups and exercises are the best ones for you? Or have you had a break from singing and need some encouragemnet to get back into practising? Then come and join us online for a week of daily warm-ups and exercises to get you on the right track.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £41.00
  2. Jazz piano: a history from blues to bebop and beyond
    Course start date:  Fri 2 Aug 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sara Dhillon
    Trace the development of jazz piano from its origins in New Orleans to later styles, including boogie woogie, stride,



    bebop, post bop and abstraction, and look at key influential pianists of the period.



    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 £83.00
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  3. Sing with confidence
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    If you are nervous of singing in public, scared to open your mouth or just want to know how your voice works, this course is for you. Classes are fun and cover a wide range of musical styles, so there is something for everyone. Break weeks 6 & 27 May 2024.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
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  4. Choral singing for pleasure
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, this choral class will give you something to look forward to on a Monday. We sing many genres from musical theatre to pop plus more traditional pieces. This course is very popular, so booking early is essential. Break weeks: 6 & 27 May 2024.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
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  5. Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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  6. 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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  7. Play-reading
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024

    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 £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £104.00
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  8. Men's ballet
    Course start date:  Thu 25 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Martin Wimpress
    Perfect if you've never taken a ballet class before, or if you did ballet as a child and want to return. This men’s ballet course provides slow and fun training in how to use your body correctly, with a focus on correct placement, stance and posture.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00
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  9. 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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  10. Jazz today
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Albi Gravener
    An exploration of jazz music as we find it today and as it has developed over the past forty years.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £90.00
  11. TikTok dance workshop
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Bless Klepcharek
    This workshop is about having fun, recreating and learning famous TikTok dances. To get you in the mood we will start each class with a 15-20 minute warm up, our professional dancer will then break down the steps and teach you how to execute and perfect them. Don't worry if you're a beginner and have two left feet - this class is for anyone and everyone and welcomes all abilities.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £55.00
  12. 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
  13. The Schumanns: a Romantic partnership
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    They’re probably the most famous musical couple in history – but how did virtuoso pianist and composer Clara Wieck, and composer Robert Schumann, live and work together in their 16-year marriage? How did their professional skills complement each other (or cause friction)? And what of Robert’s legacy, so carefully managed by Clara and her circle in the forty years she lived beyond his early death? This course has a scheduled break week on 30 Oct 2024.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £174.00
  14. Cole Porter: I get a kick out of you
    Course start date:  Thu 26 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Composer and lyricist Cole Porter’s shows epitomised the wit and glitz of the 30s - in contrast to some aspects of his personal life. We explore both, with plenty of song and dance to watch along the way. This course has a scheduled break week: 31st Oct 2024.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £174.00
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  15. World music: an introduction
    Course start date:  Fri 27 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    Explore a range of musical traditions from around the world: Indian raga and Bollywood; Ghanaian and South African grooves; Ottoman makam and Klezmer; Samba and Salsa. Listen for characteristic features and learn about the cultural settings in which they are produced. NB Break week: 1 Nov. 2024.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £174.00
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