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. Clarinet taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  George Sleightholme
    Learn the basics of clarinet playing and discover what is involved in learning the instrument: embouchure, breathing, articulation and fingering. Please bring your own Bb clarinet.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  2. Music history book club
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    The music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biography with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book is a biography.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  3. Violin and viola taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edmund Taylor
    Learn how to hold the violin/viola and bow, how the instrument works, and play some simple tunes by the end of the session. Please bring your own instrument.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  4. Great works: White Christmas
    Course start date:  Mon 5 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    How did we all become so obsessed with snow in December? From Irving Berlin’s song to its use in several films and on stage, we look at the huge impact of this little ditty which has become the defining image of Christmas for many.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  5. Classical ballet: taster
    Course start date:  Mon 5 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexander Simpkins
    Our fun taster session is a great way to try a class and to meet our friendly team of professionals who will guide you through some of the basics and answer your questions, so you can be sure that a course is right for you. As well as being a dynamic introduction to a creative discipline, these sessions give you a clear idea of what you can expect. Open to anyone interested in dance, with or without previous experience.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
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  6. Christmas crooning
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Don your sparkly jumpers and get into the Christmas spirit as you sing along to some Christmas classics!
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
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  7. Great works: The Beggar's Opera
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Was this the first musical? Using popular song and opera tunes of the day, new satirical words poked fun at serious opera in this everyday tale of skulduggery among the criminal classes, with a charismatic but murderous hero.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  8. Great artists: Enrico Caruso
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Caruso, born 200 years ago, was not only a stupendous singer but also a best-selling recording artiste. We find out how he became the first modern superstar tenor.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00

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