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. Chamber music: introduction
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gisela Meyer
    Discover the pleasure of playing in small ensembles with varied instrumentation, with repertoire ranging from early to modern. For instrumentalists at Grade 3 standard or above who can read music confidently.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
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    80% of 100
  2. Ballet pointe: taster
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dilek Taptik
    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.



    You should have attended regular ballet classes for at least 6 to 12 months. Confidence and strength are key to be able to support yourself en pointe, you need strong feet and ankles. Pointe shoes can be provided free of charge for use in this session. Please contact the department if you would like to reserve a pair (subject to availability).
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  3. Great works: Handel's Semele
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene, Daniel Unruh
    Explore Handel’s ever-popular oratorio from Ovid’s original tale to William Congreve’s English libretto, and discover key features of Handel’s musical language.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £25.00
  4. Sing a song in different styles
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Colette Meury
    Explore how to set a song in more than one musical style, song interpretation and solo performance. For singers who have completed a level 1 course in contemporary singing, or who have equivalent experience and



    musical ability. Live sessions online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £67.00
  5. Great works: Strauss's Elektra
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karen Betley, Justin Murray
    Explore the title figure of Strauss’s trail blazing opera from ancient Greek mythology to Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s German libretto, and discover key innovations in Strauss’s musical language.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £25.00
  6. Sing blues
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dina Azzam
    Enjoy this exploration of blues vocal style and repertoire. Sing blues repertoire together in the classroom with a piano accompanist.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00
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  7. Summer choir
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Singing with others is great fun, and has been proven to be good for your health. Join us for this short course and get started over the summer to see how it can benefit you. Suitable for all levels, no audition required.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00
  8. Musicianship for keyboard players: introduction
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    Improve your understanding of theory and musicianship in relation to the piano. This course is for pianists who have been learning for around two years.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00
  9. Musical theatre dance intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clinton Goldsmith
    This intensive 4 day workshop is for anyone 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 £89.00 Concession £54.00
  10. Classical music: an introduction
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    Are you interested in finding out more about classical music but not sure where to start? This taster course will



    introduce you to the history of music through a careful choice of works.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
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  11. Ballet intensive
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dilek Taptik
    An intensive course that will help adult ballet students not only to watch ballet repertoire but to actively take part in it. You will be able to transfer movements from your ballet class directly into ballet choreography. The choreography will be part of a well known narrative ballet and will have a storyline that you as a dancer can understand. A fun, relaxed yet challenging course which culminates in a small work-in-progress showing on the last day.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00
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  12. Score reading: interpreting styles and composers
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Learn to identify key stylistic characteristics of music from different periods of music history, suitable for developing your understanding of music in its historical context, and to support the style identification elements of grade 5+ ABRSM exams.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00
  13. Sing music theatre workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Jul 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Heather Longman
    Explore music theatre singing and grow your knowledge of the repertoire in a supportive group workshop. Suitable for singers and actors wanting to improve their singing technique. Be guided through the basics to find the right singing qualities for this repertoire.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £81.00
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  14. Song lyric writing: create and combine with melody
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    Create original, catchy and memorable lyrics from scratch. Learn how to generate lyrics from your everyday experiences. Look at structure, creating a hook and finding your unique writing style.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £67.00
  15. Flamenco: style and grace
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Danielle Allan
    This course, separate but complementary to the other Summer Flamenco dance courses, will focus on the graceful execution of archetypal Flamenco arm & wrist movements combined with foot placement. Featuring a live guitarist this is an intensive course suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced student. Men and women of all ages are welcome.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00
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