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. Jazz crooning
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Foster
    Sing repertoire from the 1930s to the 1950s, as sung by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee and Julie London. Swing tunes, easy listening genre, Latin and blues orientated repertoire. You will be encouraged to perform prepared songs as part of the course.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £153.00
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  2. Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: intermediate
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cerys Hogg
    This is the 2nd term of this jazz musicianship course. Practise ear training, study jazz harmony, and learn challenging repertoire. For players with established jazz education at intermediate level. New students may apply by writing to music@citylit.ac.uk.



    Break week: 31st May 2022.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £251.00
  3. World music: an introduction
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    Explore a range of musical traditions from around the world: Indian raga and Bollywood; Ghanaian and South African grooves; Ottoman makam and Klezmer; Samba and Salsa. Listen for characteristic features and learn about the cultural settings in which they are produced. break week: 25 October 2022.



    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
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  4. Beethoven: the symphonies
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edward Henderson
    Explore Beethoven’s symphonic works. Beethoven in his career took the symphony from a Haydn-esque instrumental work into a humanity encompassing 90-minute extravaganza. This course charts that story. Break week: 25 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  5. Music theory: counterpoint 1
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Selena Kay
    Explore the art of counterpoint, a musical technique in which two or more melodies are combined to create a highly



    engaging musical texture. Over the year you will learn contrapuntal technique from Renaissance to Twentieth Century styles, through score analysis and practical exercises. The course is split into three terms, focusing on Renaissance style in term 1. Break week: 25 Oct 2022.



    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
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  6. Piano workshop 3
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chryssa Kasma
    If you play piano at around grade 3 standard, join one of our lively workshops to develop your technique and musicianship while building up your repertoire of pieces. - Please buy your own copies of: Encore: book 2, Grades 3 and 4 from the ABRSM.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
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  7. Piano workshop 8
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chryssa Kasma
    If you play piano at around grade 8 standard, join one of these lively workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide repertoire, learning to make your own stylistic and interpretive decision under your tutor's guidance. Break week 31st of May 2022



    - repertoire: Shostakovich Preludes Op.34 and piano duets (duets chosen in session 01 of the course).
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
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  8. Wagner's Ring Cycle
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    ‘Numerous musical beauties reign in the [Ring des] Nibelungen with a magical power to which we willingly and thankfully yield ourselves capture’. So wrote the critic Hanslick after the first Bayreuth Festival in 1876. Come and join us as we uncover those ‘musical beauties’ within the Ring. Break week: 25 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  9. Singing 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hakan Vramsmo
    Start 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 £219.00 Concession £153.00
  10. Singing 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hakan Vramsmo
    Continue 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 £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £153.00
  11. Voiceovers: beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Oct 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  David Thorpe
    You will begin to explore ‘on mic’ the skills and techniques required across a range of audio/voiceover situations.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £155.00
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  12. Music theory: counterpoint 2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Selena Kay
    Explore the art of counterpoint, a musical technique in which two or more melodies are combined to create a highly engaging musical texture. Through analysis and practical exercises, you'll learn to write effective counterpoint in the tonal style, focusing on the Baroque period. Leads to part 3 next term. Scheduled break week: 21 Feb 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
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  13. Exploring classical music: module 4
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edward Henderson
    This 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 effected composition in the modern era. Break week: 16 Feb 2022.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  14. Bach: instrumental works
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    From the Brandenburg Concertos to the Partitas for solo violin, instrumental music played an important role in the output of J.S.Bach. Come and explore these extraordinary works by this late Baroque master. This course has a scheduled break week: 08th February 2022.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  15. The music of the Ballet Russes
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edward Henderson
    Get to know the music used and commissioned by the Ballet Russes from 1909-1929. This fascinating moment takes us from the 19th century Russian music of Borodin, Rimsky Korsakov and Tchaikovsky, through controversial neo-primitive like the Rite of Spring to the cool neoclassicism of Satie, Milhaud, Poulenc and Stravinsky. Break week: 01 Jun 2022.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00

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