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

Most of our courses are currently delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning . For face-to-face classes at the college, see our information about staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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. Piano/keyboards 2C
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Move beyond grade 1 piano repertoire and develop your technique and fluency. The repertoire in this module will encompass more complex rhythm patterns and scales from the grade 2 syllabus. This is an online course, please see below for details.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
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  2. Exploring classical music: module 3
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores the music of the 19th century to the early 20th century. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Please note this evening course has a mid-term break: 02 June 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £103.00
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  3. Sing music theatre workshop
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    This online course explores music theatre singing. Grow your knowledge of the repertoire. 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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £164.00
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  4. Cabaret workshop
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Develop your cabaret performance skills in this lively, engaging online 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 beforehand. Please click the pink 'start your interview' button on the right, or contact the music department to arrange a telephone appointment (music@citylit.ac.uk). Accompanist: Sarah Kershaw

    Break week: 3rd June 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £140.00
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  5. Piano/keyboards 4C
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    For pianists with around three years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music

    reading, and your confidence! This is an online course, please see below for details.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  6. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    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. This is an online course, please see below for details.

    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 £111.00 Concession £85.00
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  7. Contemporary dance: general level
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your physicality while further enhancing your understanding of contemporary dance, through technical exercises, dynamic travelling and fluid phrases. This class is appropriate for people who are ready to move on from the beginners course or who have previous dance experience.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus update. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your visit to the studio.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
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    98% of 100
  8. The Art of Negotiating
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Negotiation is a communication skill essential in solving problems and reaching your goals. Learn to prepare well and to feel confident using logical and emotional tools to achieve great outcomes. The course 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 £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
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  9. Acting online: taster
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Ever wanted to try acting? This taster course is about discovering the pleasure of acting and ideal for beginners for those returning to drama who want to experience working in an online environment. In this fun class, you will gain a clear insight into the value of developing your skills on one of our longer online courses.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  10. Comedy writing and performing: taster
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore your comedy writing and performance potential under the guidance of an Emmy-award winning comedy producer/director. Alan Nixon shares the skills behind creating powerful comedy using classic and modern techniques.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  11. Practical voice: taster
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    A taster class to introduce you to how you can improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech through relaxation, breath technique and articulation. This class will be online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  12. String Easter school
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00
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  13. Silver Swans ballet class improvers
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Silver Swans® classes have been specifically designed for the over-55s. If you are looking for a new way to keep fit and active, Swans ballet classes will put a spring in your step, whether you’ve never danced before or want to reboot your ballet skills. Classes focus on building the core technical principles and learning specially adapted repertoire from the popular ballets.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus update. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your visit to the studio.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £85.00
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  14. Fin-de-siècle Vienna
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Vienna 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.

    No previous knowledge necessary. Scheduled break week: 01 June 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  15. Musical theatre dance
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    The class for everyone 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.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus update. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your visit to the studio.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
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