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

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

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Orchestra workshop
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey, Trish Shaw
    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 £58.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  2. String Easter school
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Learn technique, repertoire and ensemble skills for all orchestral strings. Develop your confidence and make new string friends. For players at grade 3 or above.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  3. Piano/keyboards 1E
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    This is the second year of our beginners piano programme and repertoire will be of a pre-grade 1 standard. Improve your eye/hand coordination, your reading and finger technique. Break week: 6 May 2023 (coronation day).
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
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    100% of 100
  4. Piano/keyboards 1C
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Apr 2023 (and 7 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    This is the third term in our beginners piano programme. If you have completed ‘Piano/keyboards 1B’ or have existing keyboard and music reading skills, this course will further develop your technique and musicianship. break week: 6 May 2023 (coronation day).
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  5. Sing with confidence
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    If you are nervous of singing in public, scared to open your mouth or just want to know how your voice works, this course is for you. Classes are fun and cover a wide range of musical styles, so there is something for everyone. Break weeks 1st May 2023 8th May and 29th May 2023.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  6. Classical ballet: improvers
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexander Simpkins
    We will focus on developing ballet technique using barre, centre work and allegro exercises. Suitable for those who have completed at least one year of our beginner's ballet classes or equivalent and have a good grasp of the basic techniques and terminology.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  7. Prepare for opera
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hakan Vramsmo
    Explore classical operatic repertoire in this dynamic workshop with an experienced tutor and a professional accompanist. Learn which styles suit your particular voice-type. You must have at least four years' classical vocal tuition and be able to learn new repertoire quickly. Break weeks: 1, 8 & 29 May 2023.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £167.00
    Rating:
    89% of 100
  8. Clarinet advanced workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  George Sleightholme
    This course is for students who have a minimum of five years' experience on clarinet (playing at grade 6 standard or above), come and work on both technique and solo repertoire and enjoy some group playing. Offered every term. Break weeks 1, 8 & 29 May 2023.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
  9. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023 (and 7 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    A near-beginners’ course for pianists. If you have completed Piano/keyboards 1A or and have basic keyboard and music reading skills in C position, this course will introduce you to more notes. break weeks: 01, 08 & 29 May 2023 (bank holidays).



    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 £143.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
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  10. Keyboard harmony and improvisation
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    Develop your analytical, melodic and harmonic understanding with the help of improvisation, covering a wide variety of styles. You'll become a more confident player as a result. It is possible to join a later module if you have appropriate skills. For players at Grade 5 and above. break weeks: 01, 08 & 29 May 2023 (bank holidays).



    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 £116.00
  11. Classical singing: advanced workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hakan Vramsmo
    Explore the rich repertoire of classical song and develop expressive and communicative skills. This workshop is for experienced classical singers (at least five years' tuition). Break weeks: 1, 8 & 29 May 2023.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £167.00
  12. Tap dance: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    If you are new to tap then this is the place to start. Come and find your dancing feet. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential. Break week 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  13. Music theory: diploma topics 3
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karl Lutchmayer
    Consolidate your knowledge of music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Exam technique and preparation. Break weeks: 01, 08 and 29 May 2023.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  14. Tap dance: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    Practice and improve your basic Tap skills and increase your vocabulary of steps and sequences. Gain a greater understanding of rhythm, tempo and syncopation. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  15. Ballet at the barre: online
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alexander Simpkins
    An online barre class from the comfort of your own home. The work you do at the ballet barre is the foundation for all the other work you do as a dancer. Improve your strength, balance and coordination. Not suitable for complete beginners. This course is 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 £79.00 Concession £64.00

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