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. Stretch and flex
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Bless Klepcharek
    This class uses traditional dance stretches as its base and is ideal for anyone who would like to improve their flexibility, range of movement, improve alignment and relieve muscular tension. It is suitable for all ages and abilities and is the perfect warm-up for the Modern Jazz dance class that follows it.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  2. Use your voice assertively
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nikki Kelly
    Do you want to sound more confident, grounded, self-assured and assertive? Improve your vocal skills through a series of exercises that will support you to become more vocally confident, expressive and dynamic without appearing arrogant.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
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  3. Introduction to chamber music
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    What is chamber music and what do we expect from its composers and performers? By looking at a variety of music from around 1750 we will explore some of its defining aspects and delights.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
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  4. Voiceovers: advanced
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  John Eastman
    Expanding on the skills mastered in the Improvers course, you will gain deeper experience in microphone and voiceover techniques, working towards a higher professional standard. This more challenging course will provide you with a focused range of audio/voiceover materials.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £88.00
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  5. Summer choir
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Singing with others is great fun, and has been proven to be good for your health. Join us for this short course and get started over the summer to see how it can benefit you. Suitable for all levels, no audition required.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00
  6. Musicianship for keyboard players: introduction
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    Improve your understanding of theory and musicianship in relation to the piano. This course is for pianists who have been learning for around two years.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £30.00
  7. Music history book club
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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
  8. Opera appreciation: an introduction
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    What is opera? And how do you approach it? Explore the ostentatious, sometimes overwhelming, world of opera through study of two major works and styles.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  9. Music theory: diploma topics 3
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karl Lutchmayer
    Consolidate your knowledge of music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Exam technique and preparation. Break weeks: 02, 09 and 30 May 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  10. Keyboard harmony and performance workshop
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ricardo Gosalbo
    A practical workshop integrating keyboard harmony with piano performance skills. Taught in-person on a grand piano, this workshop is aimed at classical pianists at any level with a music theory standard of grade 5+ and good sheet music reading skills. We shall deepen our understanding of musical works by studying the harmonic constructs that underpin them, tackle the technical challenges they present, and explore how harmonic analysis can inform our interpretative choices.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  11. Tap dance: beginners
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Benjamin Bailey
    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 £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
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  12. Acting: beginners
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  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 exciting environment.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00
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