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. Acting for fun
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    An acting class purely for the joy of it! This course is suitable for complete beginners, those with a little experience, and anyone wanting to enjoy acting exercises and scenes in a relaxed, low-pressure environment. Gain confidence, make friends, develop new skills and have fun.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. Improve your speaking voice
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Giles Abbott
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech through relaxation, stance, breath capacity/control, articulation, forward placing and expression. This course will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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  3. Voiceovers: advanced
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Thorpe
    Expanding on the skills mastered in the Improvers course, you will gain deeper experience in microphone and voiceover techniques, working towards a higher professional standard. This more challenging course will provide you with a focused range of audio/voiceover materials.



    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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  4. Acting: scenework
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lawrence Lambert
    Consolidate your techniques as you rehearse and perform in a duologue and/or a monologue from a published play text in this intensive practical course.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
  5. Acting improvers: character work
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    Develop your acting skills and build confidence on this improvers course. Using both improvisation and text, we will explore various techniques for building distinctive characters, with an emphasis on playful discovery and fun!
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
  6. Sampling, beat-making and synth programming
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Learn to create your own more original tracks by manipulating samples, beats and synth sounds to individualise your sound.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  7. English pronunciation: stage 3
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David John Gwillim
    Designed for advanced non-native speakers, and all who have completed 'English Pronunciation' stages 1 and 2. Conversation and the reading aloud of a variety of texts will help to pinpoint those pronunciation worries still to be addressed.



    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 £153.00
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  8. Classical singing workshop
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trevor Alexander
    A lively workshop class for singers with a solid foundation in vocal technique and musicianship: employ your vocal technique in a more flexible and artistic way and deepen your understanding of critical evaluation of singing.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £167.00
  9. Piano workshop 6
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ricardo Gosalbo
    If you play piano at around grade 6 standard, join one of these online workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide range of piano repertoire, with focus on technique, textural awareness, practice and performance skills.



    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 £191.00 Concession £155.00
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  10. Violin and viola advanced: technique
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    This online course is for violin and viola students who want to focus on improving technique. Your tutor will guide you through technical work and pieces from the ABRSM Grade 7 syllabus plus a range of other repertoire and scales/arpeggios at the same standard. Suitable for students with at least five years' tuition/playing experience. Break week 17 Feb 2023.



    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 £110.00
  11. Tap dance: intermediate
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    Our intermediate class is at a faster pace and is perfect for anyone with good previous tap experience. Extend your abilities and learn great new steps, tap moves and routines in a fun and inspiring environment. Tap shoes are essential.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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    100% of 100
  12. MGM musicals
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 9 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Bright, bold, happy and hummable – many of our favourite musicals on film were created by the Freed Unit at MGM in the 1940s and 50s. From The Wizard of Oz to Gigi, we take a whistle-stop tour of some fabulous films and artists.



    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 £95.00 Concession £77.00
  13. Use your voice assertively
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Lloyd Wylde
    Do you want to sound more confident, grounded, self-assured and assertive? Improve your vocal skills through a series of exercises that will support you to become more vocally confident, expressive and dynamic without appearing arrogant. This 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 £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  14. Great composers: Stephen Sondheim
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    What is it about Sondheim musicals that makes them so distinctive? Why do some lovers of other musicals dislike them? Let’s find out what he did, in music, lyrics and structure, that made his shows unique.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  15. Piano/keyboards 4B
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

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



    reading, and your confidence.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
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    100% of 100

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