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. Wagner's Ring Cycle: an overview
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    Wagner’s ‘Ring’ Cycle is a mighty epic lasting many hours, full of armies of characters and multiple plot twists – not to mention the musical labels, or ‘leitmotifs’, that Wagner assigns to various people and ideas throughout. This course is intended for those who are keen to find out about Wagner and the Ring, and navigate the action across its four constituent operas.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
  2. Learn to read music: taster
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 11 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Selena Kay
    Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn to name and recognise notes. An introduction for



    absolute beginners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  3. Christmas Carols: a brief history
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and In Person)

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Discover the rich heritage of Christmas carols. Learn about traditional forms of the carol and the history behind selected examples from the medieval to twentieth century.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  4. Great works: Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    Explore this much-loved work by Mozart and learn about the performers and the instruments it was originally written for.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  5. A lesson in carols
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Siobhan Blake
    Transport yourself into a joyous frame of mind and festive spirit as you sing through some of the most beautiful settings of medieval carols. Explore harmonic textures, musical interpretations, get technical tips for tricky corners and enjoy singing these wonderful pieces with others! This course is a companion course to Medieval Christmas carols.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  6. Great works: Allegri's Miserere
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and In Person)

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Explore the history of this most famous choral work and trace the story of the famous high C from the castrati of the 18th century to today’s professional early music vocal ensembles.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  7. Great works: Grieg's Piano Concerto
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    Grieg was just 24 years old when he wrote this, one of his best-loved works. We explore its genesis, early performances, and why it has remained such a popular work within the vast repertoire of nineteenth-century piano concertos.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  8. Great artists: castrati
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and In Person)

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Explore the history of these famous singers and the music that was written for some of the most famous castrati of the 18th century.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00

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