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. Introduction to music production
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £129.00
  2. 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
  3. Learn to read music
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Cerys Hogg
    Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn how to understand the notation of pitch, metre and rhythm. For absolute beginners, enjoy these practical sessions online.



    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
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    100% of 100
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Sing a song in different styles
    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
  8. 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
  9. 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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    80% of 100
  10. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022 (and 8 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    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.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  11. 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
  12. Ballroom intensive
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nick Breakspear
    There is a great deal of pleasure to be had watching Strictly Come Dancing but even more from doing it!



    Switch from the sofa to the dance floor and take your first steps with our short inensive giving you a fun-filled flavour of some of the Ballroom and Latin styles. Enrol with a partner or on your own - you’ll have the chance to dance with everybody!
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Tap intensive (beginners)
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    If you are new to tap then this is the place to start. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100

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