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. Jazz harmony: introduction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Cerys Hogg
    If you have a good understanding of triad harmony, these lively online sessions will introduce you to the jazz idiom and jazz musicianship. Some playing and singing included. Develop your aural response, vital to operating in the jazz idiom.



    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 £89.00 Concession £61.00
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. City Lit wind ensemble: summer season
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    Explore the wonderful repertoire for mixed wind ensemble in an intensive workshop. You need to play an orchestral wind instrument at grade 5 standard or higher.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  6. 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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  7. Orchestra workshop
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anthony Bailey
    A fun, intensive workshop for players of orchestral instruments of Grade 6 level upwards, with good music reading skills. Please click the 'Start interview' button to apply.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  8. Sing music theatre workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 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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  9. Storytelling: Taster
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ariella Eshed
    All cultures respect the world of Story. We all like to hear stories! This short taster class will help you to tell them. Traditional, anecdotal, personal, fairytales, fables…they all require the key ingredient of confidence, and a basic understanding of structure. The class 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 £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  10. Cabaret workshop
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Develop your cabaret performance skills in this lively, engaging workshop. Learn to transition between speech and song and to create a meaningful cabaret sequence. If you are new to this class you need to be assessed in an advice session. Please click the pink 'start your interview' button on the right, or contact the music department to arrange an appointment on 020 7492 2630 or music@citylit.ac.uk.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £115.00
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    97% of 100
  11. Wagner's Ring Cycle: an overview
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    Wagner’s ‘Ring’ Cycle is a mighty epic lasting many hours, full of armies of characters and multiple plot twists – not to mention the musical labels, or ‘leitmotifs’, that Wagner assigns to various people and ideas throughout. This course is intended for those who are keen to find out about Wagner and the Ring, and navigate the action across its four constituent operas.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
  12. Music history book club
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    The music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biography with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book is a biography.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  13. Musicianship for string players
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Improve your understanding of theory and musicianship in relation to your instrument. This course is for violin, viola and cello players who have been learning for around two years.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
  14. Contemporary dance intensive
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 20 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Francis Angol
    This is a three-evening intensive in contemporary dance fusion. Learn how to express your physicality in a dynamic fashion and gain basic knowledge of the main principles of contemporary dance, with influences from other techniques. General level - suitable for both beginners and improvers.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
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  15. Acting for wellbeing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Juliet Prague
    Increase your physical and emotional well-being through playful and fun acting exercises in this one day course. Connect, take notice, be active, learn new skills, become more present and engaged with others using tools drawn from actor training.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00

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