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), dance, radio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as piano, singing, strings and wind instruments to jazz and pop, music technology, music 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.
For drama, dance and speech courses email email@example.com
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- Transcribe jazz solosCourse start date: Sun 15 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Tim RichardsA study and sharing group for experienced jazz players with a good working knowledge of harmony and experience of improvising. We will focus on in-depth listening and transcription of recorded examples by jazz musicians. Sessions will include demonstration and performance opportunities. Course dates: 15 October, 12 November, 3 December, 21 January, 18 February, 17 March 2023.Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £149.00
- Stage management and technical theatre productionCourse start date: Sun 22 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Lucy EllisPLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS FOR THIS COURSE HAVE NOW CLOSED. 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 After Life by Jack Thorne, directed by Vernon Thompson. Suitable for beginners or those with previous experience.
Overall course dates: 22nd October to 9th December (which includes production week)
Session times: Four full Sundays 10:30- 17:30 (times alter depending on which Sunday) and five Fridays 18:15 - 21:15.
Every week night in Production Week.
Please see the full list of course dates below.
DRA142 City Lit Theatre Company course outline on our website.
- Character voicesCourse start date: Mon 6 Nov 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sarah EnglishCharacter voices aren’t just for cartoons. Learn the tools and techniques you need to create new and unique character voices or to accurately imitate a historical or contemporary voice for animation, stage and screen. This course will be delivered in the media studio.Full fee £239.00
- Sing jazz 2Course start date: Sat 13 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Laura ZakianIf you have completed Sing jazz 1, or who have equivalent experience and ability in the jazz idiom, join this class to develop your jazz conception, solo performance and expand your repertoire. Continues to Sing jazz 3 next term.
- English pronunciation: stage 2Course start date: Sat 13 Jan 2024 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: David John GwillimDesigned for people who have completed ‘English Pronunciation: stage 1’ although new students with sufficient skills can join. Develop confidence and clarity, explore diphthongs and triphthongs, inflection and the rhythms of Standard English. This term the course will be delivered in the college.
- The essential history of jazz in 20 cutsCourse start date: Mon 15 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Albi GravenerThrough a selection of 20 iconic albums, we will study the key figures, the innovators and the star soloists of 20th century jazz, as well as some important artists you might be less familiar with.
- Choral singing for pleasureCourse start date: Mon 15 Jan 2024 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Richard Hartley WilsonWhether 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 week: 12th February 2024.
- Stanislavski: beginnersCourse start date: Mon 15 Jan 2024 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Deirdre Strath ClydeDiscover the system of realistic acting that most professional actors use today — the approach to training, characterisation and rehearsal technique developed by the legendary Konstantin Stanislavski.Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
- Keyboard harmony in historical contextCourse start date: Mon 15 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ricardo GosalboA practical workshop combining keyboard harmony and pianistic technique for classical pianists with a starting standard of grade 6. This advanced 6-module course is taught at the keyboard and takes a historical approach to harmony and technique. We discuss separate eras and their corresponding harmonic developments in each self-contained module, along with main points of evolution in pianistic technique. NB: no break week.Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
- Piano workshop 4Course start date: Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Edward HendersonIf you play piano at around grade 4 standard, join one of our workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide range of piano repertoire, with a focus on technique, practice and performance skills.
- Singing 1Course start date: Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 6 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Penelope HomerStart 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.Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £153.00
- Singing 2Course start date: Fri 22 Sep 2023 (and 8 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Hakan VramsmoContinue your singing journey and explore your voice in the second year of our training programme. These classes will further develop your singing voice and musicianship skills through a selection of technical exercises and songs from a variety of genres to suit all musical tastes.Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00
- The music of fin-de-siècle ViennaCourse start date: Tue 16 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Karen BetleyVienna in the late 19th and early 20th centuries acted as a musical magnet, attracting to it composers as diverse as Mahler, Schoenberg and Richard Strauss. Join us as we explore the music of those who were living and working in Vienna at this time, and the ideas that influenced them. NB: This course has no scheduled break week.Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
- Exploring classical music: module 4Course start date: Tue 16 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Edward HendersonThis course offers a (very) brief history of Western art music during the 20th century. Suitable for classical music enthusiasts as well as near beginners. Each week we will look at a key work of classical music from the twentieth century and use it as a jumping off point to discuss the important historical and aesthetic developments that affected composition in the modern era. NB: no break week term 2, 2024.
- Singing 3Course start date: Wed 20 Sep 2023 (and 5 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Hakan VramsmoDevelop your singing journey and explore your voice in the third year of our training programme. These classes will further advance your singing voice and musicianship skills through a selection of technical exercises and songs from a variety of genres to suit all musical tastes.Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £167.00
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