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. City Lit Choir
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Penelope Homer
    Have you always wanted to join a choir and learn more about singing in harmony? Have you done some choral singing but would like to feel more confident finding your note and holding your line? Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, this choral class will give you the opportunity to learn and develop the essential skills for good choral signing through a varied programme of exercises and pieces.



    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 £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £103.00
  2. Electronic music: a short history
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Henderson
    The course is an overview of the history of electronic music in the 20th and 21st centuries and the concepts, technology and aesthetic ideologies that underpin the developments that took place.



    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 Concession £109.00
  3. Singing 1A
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Hakan Vramsmo
    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.



    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 £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
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  4. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Feb 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: suitable for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing. This is an online course, please see below for details.



    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
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  5. Stage management and technical theatre production
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 14 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lucy Ellis
    This course is designed for students who have an interest in learning stage management and technical theatre skills. It provides an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience in our in-house theatre, supporting the CL Theatre company's production of ROAD. Suitable for beginners or those with previous experience.







    Please note, Mon and Fri's are 18.30 - 21.30. The Sunday sessions are 10.30 -16.30 and attendance at these is dependant on what role you are assigned in the crew. Please see the full list of course dates and times below.



    Please see the following link to



    DRA141 City Lit Theatre Company course outline on our website.



    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 £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
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  6. Great Jazz composers
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sara Dhillon
    Explore five famous Jazz composers and learn to identify key features of their style. This short course will help you refresh and expand your listening.



    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 Concession £66.00
  7. Stretch and flex
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Bless Klepcharek
    This class uses traditional dance stretches as its base and is ideal for anyone who would like to improve their flexibility, range of movement, improve alignment and relieve muscular tension. It is suitable for all ages and abilities and is the perfect warm-up for the Modern Jazz dance class that follows it.



    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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
  8. Introduction to film music
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Music has always been an important part of film-going, filling the silence and creating sometimes startling effects. We will look at the way directors have used music to enhance, enrich and enthral audiences from cinema’s earliest days.



    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 Concession £66.00
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  9. Improvisation workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mark Phoenix
    Enrich and develop your skills in this improvisation course. Working in a safe and supportive atmosphere, you will learn and practice the key techniques needed for performing effective improvisations.



    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 £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
  10. 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
  11. Play-reading
    Course start date:  Wed 23 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 online 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 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 £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. Contemporary dance: general level
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Orley Quick
    Develop your physicality while further enhancing your understanding of contemporary dance, through technical exercises, dynamic travelling and fluid phrases. This class is appropriate for people who are ready to move on from the beginners course or who have 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
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  13. Clear speech
    Course start date:  Wed 23 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vernon Thompson
    This intensive course is ideal if you seek greater clarity and confidence in how you communicate. Suitable for anyone for whom English is the first language. Non- native speakers should attend English Pronunciation Stage 1.



    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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  14. Improve your speaking voice
    Course start date:  Wed 23 Feb 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Giles Abbott
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech through relaxation, stance, breath capacity/control, articulation, forward placing and expression. This course will be delivered in the college.



    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  15. Debating: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 23 Feb 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Gavin Illsley
    Debating requires the ability to speak English persuasively in public and, crucially, to respond rapidly to other people’s objections to what you say. We will cover the theory and practice of debating, and you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style. A great mental workout. This course will be taught online.



    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 £119.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    92% of 100

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