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

    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 £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  2. Use your voice assertively
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ian Taylor
    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 in the college.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  3. English pronunciation: stage 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  David John Gwillim
    Are you a non-native fluent speaker who wants to improve your pronunciation of English and to speak the language more clearly and confidently? Work on clear formation of vowel and consonant sounds including the English neutral vowel and the distinction between voiced and unvoiced sounds. This term the course will be taught online.



    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
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  4. Classical singing workshop
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 5 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 £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £181.00
  5. Piano workshop 6
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 5 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Chryssa Kasma
    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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    100% of 100
  6. Singing 3
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Colette Meury
    Develop your singing journey and explore your voice in the third year of our training programme. These classes will further advance 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
  7. English pronunciation: stage 3
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    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. Chamber music: intermediate
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gisela Meyer
    Discover the pleasure of playing in small, mixed instrumental ensembles, one per part, in a variety of repertoire. For classical instrumentalists at grade 3-5 standard, with some sight-reading skills.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
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  9. Voiceovers: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  David Thorpe
    Explore ‘on mic’ the skills and techniques required across a range of audio/voiceover situations, from radio commercials to talking books and beyond. This course will be taught in the media studio.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £167.00
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  10. Violin and viola advanced: technique
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    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. Flute: advanced
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lindsey Fillingham
    This online course is for flautists with at least 5 years training, or Grade 6+ standard, to advance their solo and ensemble playing in a variety of musical styles.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  12. Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: advanced
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Della Rhodes
    Focus on ear training and developing jazz improvisation, applying theoretical understanding to practical situations. We return to the classroom to learn to play jazz standards and unusual repertoire. This is musicianship training at a high level. New applicants may apply to music@citylit.ac.uk to arrange an audition.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £251.00
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    80% of 100
  13. English pronunciation: stage 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 23 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  David John Gwillim
    Designed for people who have completed ‘English Pronunciation: stage 1’ although new students with sufficient skills can join. Develop confidence and clarity, explore diphthongs and triphthongs, inflection and the rhythms of Standard English. This term the course will be taught online.



    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
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  14. Foundation in Drama (Extended Certificate Level 2)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley, Vernon Thompson, Martin Wimpress
    Do you want to be an actor but find it hard to fit the training around your other commitments? This intensive and practical one day per week course provides classes in the core disciplines of acting, voice and movement, working towards a Level 2 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts awarded by OCN London.
    Full fee £1,599.00 Senior fee £1,599.00 Concession £1,599.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  15. Acting for fun
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    An acting class purely for the joy of it! This course is suitable 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. There will be fresh material and new scenes to explore every term.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100

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