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. Chamber music: advanced
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 3 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 5/6 or above, with good sight-reading skills.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  2. Sing music theatre workshop
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Heather Longman
    This popular course explores musical theatre singing. Grow your knowledge of the repertoire. Suitable for singers and actors wanting to improve their singing and 'acting through song' technique. Be guided through the basics to find the right singing qualities for this repertoire.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  3. Presenting to camera for vlog and Youtube
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 10 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kathryn Wolfe
    Do you want to vlog or present on YouTube but don't know where to start? This course will cover what kit to use, and how to present to your viewers, whether streaming from home or on location. It’s a mix of presenting skills and technical advice for non-technical people, focussing on presenting and setting up your domestic recordings.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £111.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  4. Piano/keyboards 5B
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    For pianists with around four years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music



    reading, and your confidence.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  5. Exploring classical music: module 2
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    Do you want to know more about classical music history? Explore selected topics and key works in Baroque to Classical music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. This course has a scheduled break week: 21 February 2023.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  6. Flamenco: improver and intermediate
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Danielle Allan
    A friendly, intensive class, with live guitar accompaniment, that focuses on the confident execution of Flamenco dance with pleasure, passion and panache. Performance opportunities throughout the year. These classes are suitable for those who have danced Flamenco for at least a year.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  7. Exploring classical music: module 1
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Neil Luck
    Do you want to know more about classical music? Explore selected topics and key works in Medieval to (early) Baroque music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Break week: 25 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  8. Piano/keyboards 4B
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nikos Stavlas
    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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  9. Jazz piano 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Frankel
    If you have pop piano training or equivalent keyboard harmony skill, come and tackle the easier end of the jazz piano repertoire. Our focus is the study jazz harmony and voicing, interpretation of a lead sheet and good timing. You need to play piano at grade 5 or above and be fluent in major and minor scales.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  10. Exploring classical music: module 3
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Do you want to know more about classical music history? Explore selected topics and key works in Romantic and modern music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Break week: 27 Oct 2022.



    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 £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  11. Classical ballet: improvers 2
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexander Simpkins
    We will continue developing ballet technique through barre, centre work and allegro exercises. Suitable for those who have been practicing for some time and have a strong grasp of techniques and terminology.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
  12. Flute: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pamela Pecko Smith
    This course is for flautists with 2-3 years’ experience of playing, or grade 2-3 standard, to advance their solo and ensemble playing in a variety of musical styles. Develop your instrumental technique, tone and musicianship in a creative and supportive environment.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  13. Piano/keyboards 5A
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

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



    reading, and your confidence.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
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    100% of 100
  14. Piano/keyboards 4A
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

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



    reading, and your confidence. NB: no lesson on October 27th 2022.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
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  15. Mixing and music production techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 10 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Ideal if you know the basics of music production but want your music to sound more polished and professional. Tips and tricks for mixing, using compressors, limiters, EQ, reverb and other devices.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00
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    100% of 100

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