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 long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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.

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  1. World music: Brazilian ensemble
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luiz Morais
    A day of immersion in the diverse traditions and genres of popular music from Brazil, from Samba and Bossa nova to Choro and Baiao. Explore rhythm, harmony and improvisation in repertoire by master composers such as Tom Jobim, Pixinguinha, Dorival Caymmi and Hermeto Pascoal.



    Tutor: Luiz Morais.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  2. Recorder ensemble: study day
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Caoimhe de Paor
    Learn to play ensemble music for recorders, with repertoire ranging from early to present day. Suitable for recorder players who have been learning for at least a year and can read music.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £38.00
  3. Mindful singing: introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Foster
    Engage all your senses to connect mind and body awareness while singing. Explore how the psyche affects how we relate to singing. This single session is for singers at all levels to discover essential mindful techniques.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  4. Stage combat: workshop
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    Explore unarmed combat and develop a selection of moves to combine in to a choreographed sequence!



    A well-executed fight scene can make stage combat look easy but, much like dancing, it must be intricately choreographed and extensively rehearsed, to provide that authentic feel while remaining safe. Suitable for everyone.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
  5. Flamenco: power and performance
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Danielle Allan
    This course, separate but complementary to the other summer Flamenco dance course, will focus on archetypal Flamenco dance steps and moves with emphasis on dancing style, performance presence and panache. The course will culimate in a short dance sequence with live guitar accompaniment. Suitable for men and women of all ages, from beginners to improvers.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £62.00
  6. Music theory: grade 5 (intensive)
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Selena Kay
    Learn about irregular metre, tenor clef, major and minor keys to six flats/sharps, primary triads, cadences, and standard expression signs. Essential for anyone taking higher grade practical exams.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
  7. Classic albums 1966–1973: The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, David Bowie and Pink Floyd
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Toby Manning
    Explore the making and meanings of four classic albums released 1966–1973 that reflect and define their era: The Beatles’ Revolver, Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £77.00
  8. Vocal recording: production techniques
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Learn how to make recordings of sung and/or spoken voices, then edit them, add effects, or mix with other tracks. Suitable for those with some previous experience in digital audio.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £76.00
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  9. Opera appreciation: an introduction
    Course start date:  Thu 25 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    What is opera? And how do you approach watching and listening to it? Explore the ostentatious, sometimes overwhelming, world of opera through study of two major works and styles.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  10. Introduction to acting
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 26 Jul 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lawrence Lambert
    A fun one day intensive encounter with the acting process. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and supportive environment.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
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  11. Saxophone taster
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 27 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    Discover how a saxophone class works, and learn about embouchure, breathing, and fingering. Bring your tenor or alto saxophone to this session.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  12. Sing rock, pop and soul
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 27 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Zakian
    Meet the challenge of singing in contemporary styles. Enjoy learning rock and pop repertoire with guidance from a teacher and performer. You need to be able to sing in time and in tune to benefit from this introductory course.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  13. Afro-centric drumming
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 27 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Chivers
    Explore your enthusiasm for drumming with African rhythms and their variations. Enjoy improving your individual and group playing skills and learn how to apply a variety of percussive instruments in any musical style or setting.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
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