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. Sing music theatre workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Heather Longman
    Explore music theatre singing and grow your knowledge of the repertoire in a supportive group workshop. Suitable for singers and actors wanting to improve their singing technique. Be guided through the basics to find the right singing qualities for this repertoire.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £81.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  2. Piano/keyboards 1D
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    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.



    repertoire books for this module (please buy your own copies): A Dozen a day by Edna-Mae Burnam and Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Course Book 1 [external website] from page 112.



    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
  3. Piano/keyboards 1E
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    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. repertoire books for this term (please source your own copies): Classics to moderns book 1 by Denes Agay, Easy Visual Scales by Alasdair Macaskill and A Dozen a day book 2 by Edna-Mae Burnham.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
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    100% of 100
  4. Sing jazz: advanced
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Clare Foster
    For singers with significant experience and ability in the jazz idiom. Develop your jazz conception, solo performance, improvisation, and expand your repertoire. Live sessions online.



    Break week: 1st June 2022.



    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
  5. Piano/keyboards 1C
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 5 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    This is the third term in our beginners piano programme. If you have completed ‘Piano/keyboards 1B’ or have existing keyboard and music reading skills, this course will further develop your technique and musicianship.



    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 £189.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  6. Violin and viola 1C
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    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
  7. Acting: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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 £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  8. Floor barre: general level
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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
  9. Early music ensemble
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Wendland
    A short course for musicians interested in learning the skills of playing consort music in different instrumental combinations ("broken consort"). It will be a journey exploring the variety of sound combinations in 17th century repertoire. Break week: 1 June 2022.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  10. Ballet pointe: beginners
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dilek Taptik
    This short course offers you the opportunity to get introduced to pointe work at a pace that allows you to understand how to execute the basic exercises correctly. Working with correct alignment and safely are a focal point and to address any issues and concerns you may have. To get the most out of this course you should have attended regular ballet classes for at least 6 to 12 months. Break week 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  11. City Lit a cappella
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Della Rhodes
    This established ensemble sings original arrangements of jazz and popular songs. Develop your listening, timing, intonation, musical memory, and team work. New members with good music reading and aural skills are welcome. Our sessions are a mix of classroom and zoomsingland this term.



    Break week: 1st June 2022







    Contact the Music Department to arrange an audition.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
  12. Piano/keyboards 1F
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    This is the final term of our beginners piano programme. For pianists who can play tunes and chords in simple keys, play legato and staccato and read music. This course has a break week on 2 June 2022



    - please buy your own copy of: Piano adventures 3A Technique and Artistry [external website].



    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 £189.00 Concession £123.00
  13. Recorders: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Wendland
    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. Break week: 1 June 2022.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  14. Musical theatre dance: improvers
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clinton Goldsmith
    This class is designed for those who already have previous dance experience. Here, you will be taught new steps and techniques to develop coordination, flexibility and strength. The main aim of the course is for you to continue to learn and develop your new skills whilst having fun and growing in confidence.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  15. Singing workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Siobhan Blake
    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.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £181.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100

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