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

Most of our courses are currently delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning . For face-to-face classes at the college, see our information about staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (and 4 other dates)

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

    This is the beginning of our piano programme, designed for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing.



    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 £169.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. Music theory: introduction to score reading and analysis
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to navigate music scores and analyse basic structures. Learn to identify stylistic characteristics of music from different periods of music history, suitable for developing your understanding of music in its historical context, and to support the style identification elements of grade 5+ ABRSM exams.



    NB: this course has a scheduled break on 27th October 2021



    tutor: Dr Oliver Chandler [external website].



    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 £97.00
  3. Handel in Italy: cantatas, sacred music and opera
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore Handel’s ‘Grand Tour’ of Italy and learn about the works he composed during these formative years.



    Break week: 27 October 2021



    Tutor: Patrick Allies [external website].



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  4. Violin and viola 1A
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn the basics of playing violin or viola in a friendly environment, using a range of fun music. For complete beginners. Continues to Violin and viola 1B next term.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  5. Classical guitar 1A
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Enjoy learning to play guitar in the classical style, and read notation, in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. This study requires you to use a nylon strung guitar.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  6. Recorders: intermediate
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A course for recorder players to develop technique further, explore repertoire, and learn how to play both solo and in ensemble. Suitable for those with at least one year's playing experience, and confident in music-reading.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00
  7. The symphony: a short history
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the history and development of the symphony from JC Bach to Beethoven and into the twentieth century. Break week: 27th October 2021.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  8. Singing workshop
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    A lively workshop class for singers of 5 years’ experience or more: employ your vocal technique in a more flexible and artistic way and deepen your understanding of critical evaluation of singing. The tutor will provide a suggested repertoire list in class.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £164.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  9. Audition ready
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how an audition panel sees you in order to maximise your chances of success. You will work on your audition repertoire in this workshop to build a solid base of audition pieces. Ideal if you applying for drama school or preparing for industry castings.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  10. Acting for radio: beginners
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore acting and performing for radio, working on scenes, sound effects, monologues, commercials, voiceovers and all kinds of microphone techniques, in a supportive but professional environment. This course will be online. Tutor: David Gooderson.



    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 £151.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  11. Contemporary dance
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    An introduction to the basics of Contemporary dance through Release-based technique, to help you understand the principles of the body in movement and explore your own movement range. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  12. Hooray percussion!
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Come along to bang a drum, shake a rattle, stamp and clap. Playing percussion together with other people is life-affirming, friendly, invigorating and huge fun. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  13. Voice and Pilates
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover how you can learn to find a link between body and voice through the core muscles of support through modified Pilates movements with voice training as a holistic approach to voice. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  14. Debating: improvers
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    For those who have some experience in debating or related courses, you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style, while honing your articulation and enunciation. This term the course will be taught online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  15. Play-reading
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come together with others to explore the work of different playwrights, share the spoken word and gain insight into differnet plays. These fun and friendly sessions are for people who would like to read and discuss plays under the guidance of a theatre professional. Working in a supportive atmosphere you will read out loud and discuss the main themes of a range of both contemporary and classic texts.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100

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