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 in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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.

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  1. Choral singing for pleasure
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, this choral class will give you something to look forward to on a Monday. We sing many genres from musical theatre to pop plus more traditional pieces. This course is very popular, so booking early is essential. Break weeks: 6 & 27 May 2024.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
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  2. Mozart: the early operas
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Explore Mozart’s operas from Bastien und Bastienne (1768) to Idomeneo, re di Creta (1780-81). Discover the stories and the music of these youthful works and learn about Mozart’s early biography. Break week: 28 Oct 2024.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £174.00
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  3. Piano/keyboards 5A
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £160.00
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  4. Character voices for animation, stage and screen
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarah English
    Character voices aren’t just for cartoons. Learn the tools and techniques you need to create new and unique character voices or to accurately imitate a historical or contemporary voice for animation, stage and screen. This course will be delivered in the media studio.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £174.00
  5. Piano/keyboards 5B
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Jan 2025 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £160.00
  6. Music notation: a brief history
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    How did our current system of Western staff notation develop and how have manuscripts, printed scores and software all contributed to its versatility? Suitable for those who have at least basic notation-reading skills. Break week: 17 Feb 2025.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £174.00
  7. Keyboard harmony 5B
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ricardo Gosalbo
    A practical workshop for classical pianists who are new to studying harmony, but with piano skills of grade 5 or higher.







    Taught on individual keyboards, this module focuses on the rudiments of harmonic analysis (keys, chords, chord progressions, etc.) and its relevance to approaching piano music.







    You will broaden your understanding of piano repertoire by studying the harmonic constructs that underpin them.







    It is recommended to complete this 3-module course in preparation for the Harmony & Piano Performance Workshop. NB: no classes on bank holiday Mondays (6 & 27 May 2024).
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  8. Keyboard harmony 5C
    Course start date:  Mon 12 May 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ricardo Gosalbo
    A practical workshop combining keyboard harmony and pianistic technique for classical pianists with a starting standard of grade 6. This advanced 6-module course is taught at the keyboard and takes a historical approach to harmony and technique. We discuss separate eras and their corresponding harmonic developments in each self-contained module, along with main points of evolution in pianistic technique. NB: no classes on bank holiday Mondays (6 & 27 May 2024).
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £160.00
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