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 long and short 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. Great works: Stabat mater from plainchant to Pärt
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trish Shaw
    This course examines a core Latin Christian hymn text, Stabat mater dolorosa, which has received dozens of musical settings over eight centuries, from the 13th century to the present day. Why does this particular text hold such fascination for composers, and how has its meaning been interpreted through music?
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  2. Acting: improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 14 Jan 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  James Jarrett, Deirdre Strath Clyde
    Continue your development as you explore a range of exercises and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven a variety of scripts and scenes. Consolidate techniques and deepen your understanding in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00
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  3. Acting: beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 14 Jan 2024 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  James Jarrett, Deirdre Strath Clyde
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course, designed for people with little or no experience of acting. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and creative environment.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
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  4. Tap dance: beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Jan 2024 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    If you are new to tap then this is the place to start. Come and find your dancing feet. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00
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  5. Piano/keyboards 5C
    Course start date:  Thu 25 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

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



    reading, and your confidence.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  6. Tap dance: improvers
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Jan 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    Practise and improve your basic Tap skills and increase your vocabulary of steps and sequences. Gain a greater understanding of rhythm, tempo and syncopation. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  7. Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00
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  8. Singing 1
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Penelope Homer
    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 £175.00 Concession £153.00
  9. Exploring classical music: module 3
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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. Please note this course has a mid-term break: 28 May 2024.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  10. Piano workshop 8
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 11 Jan 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gisela Meyer
    If you play piano at around grade 8 standard, join one of these online workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide repertoire, learning to make your own stylistic and interpretive decision under your tutor's guidance. *no class 8th Feb 2024.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £269.00 Concession £175.00
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  11. Piano/keyboards 2C
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Henderson
    Move beyond grade 1 piano repertoire and develop your technique and fluency. The repertoire in this module will encompass more complex rhythm patterns and scales from the grade 2 syllabus.



    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
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  12. Piano/keyboards 4C
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    For pianists with around three years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music



    reading, and your confidence.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
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