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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. Great works: Byrd's Quomodo cantabimus
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Explore the eight-voice motet Quomodo cantabimus (How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land) by William Byrd and learn how it may be interpreted as a reaction to the newly-protestant England in which he lived.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
  2. Reading English literature aloud: 19th century
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vernon Thompson
    Come and enjoy reading aloud prepared passages from novels by Mary Shelley and Charles Dickens, while using your voice to provide narrative and create character. The class also contains vocal warm up and sight reading elements each week. The course will be held 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 £95.00 Concession £77.00
    Rating:
    88% of 100
  3. Choir at lunchtime
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Come and spend your lunchtime singing a range of music, in interesting choral arrangements. It's good for the mind, body and spirit. Sing music from across all genres, have fun and leave with a spring in your step. There's no better pick-me-up at lunchtime!
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  4. Sing soul and blues
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karen Lane
    Enjoy this exploration of classic soul tunes and blues vocal style and repertoire.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £153.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  5. Piano/keyboards 3A
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    This fourth year of our piano programme begins with repertoire of a grade 2 standard. Improve your hand co-ordination, musical phrasing, reading and finger technique, and improve your confidence.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00
    Rating:
    88% of 100
  6. Piano/keyboards 1D
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Chryssa Kasma
    This is the second year of our beginners piano programme and repertoire will be of a pre-grade 1 standard. Improve your eye/hand coordination, your reading and finger technique.



    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 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  7. Sing jazz: advanced
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Clare Foster
    For vocalists with a sound technique and experience of jazz and latin styles. Develop your solo performance and expand your repertoire. Challenging repertoire and vocalese will be taught in classes online, and you will be invited to research and contribute repertoire of your choice.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £153.00
  8. Singing 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hakan Vramsmo
    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 £219.00
  9. Singing 2
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hakan Vramsmo
    Continue your singing journey and explore your voice in the second year of our training programme. These classes will further develop your singing voice and musicianship skills through a selection of technical exercises and songs from a variety of genres to suit all musical tastes.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £153.00
  10. Floor barre: general level
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dilek Taptik
    Floor barre is a wonderful conditioning programme for everyone, regardless of age and ability. Work through all the important muscle groups while safely supporting the body on the floor. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  11. Violin and viola 1C
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edmund Taylor
    Learn the basics of playing violin or viola in a friendly environment, using a range of fun music. Suitable for those who have been learning for at least two terms.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  12. Acting: improvers
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    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 £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £149.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  13. Actor's voice: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nikki Kelly
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech; relaxation and alignment; breath capacity/control; articulation, forward placement and vocal expression, primarily aimed at performers. This course will be taught in the college.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  14. Contemporary dance: general level
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Orley Quick
    Develop your physicality while further enhancing your understanding of contemporary dance, through technical exercises, dynamic travelling and fluid phrases. This class is appropriate for people who are ready to move on from the beginners course or who have previous dance experience.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  15. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    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.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100

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