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 courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. 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. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Narration skills
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dian Perry
    A fun and intensive course about the incredible world of narration. This enormous and lucrative area of the voiceover world includes e-learning, documentaries, audio books, medical/technical narration, explainer videos and more. You’ll learn how to deliver great reads from the inside out. It’s not just about the sound of your voice! The course will be delivered online.



    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 £139.00
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  2. Musical theatre dance: beginners
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clinton Goldsmith
    The class for everyone who has ever been to a show and thought “I wish I were up there performing.” A fun, vibrant class, working on different numbers and styles from some of the best loved West End / Broadway shows. Develop your style, technique, and performance, and improve your confidence to dance. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £58.00
  3. Speak Shakespeare monologues and scenes: Richard III
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vernon Thompson
    Whether you are preparing a Shakespearean monologue for audition or simply have an interest in their structure, rhythm and poetry, this course enables you to work on and speak monologues from the Histories with confidence. We focus on the study of Richard III monologues and duologues; we hope there will be a chance to make a visit offsite to Lincoln's Inn Library where Shakespeare's 2nd Folio is preserved. The course is in the college.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
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  4. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023 (and 6 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    A near-beginners’ course for pianists. If you have completed Piano/keyboards 1A or and have basic keyboard and music reading skills in C position, this course will introduce you to more notes.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
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  5. Floor barre: general level
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (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 £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
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    93% of 100
  6. Classical singing workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trevor Alexander
    A lively workshop class for singers with a solid foundation in vocal technique and musicianship: employ your vocal technique in a more flexible and artistic way and deepen your understanding of critical evaluation of singing.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £167.00
  7. Early music ensemble
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Wendland
    An ensemble 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: 15 Feb 2023.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  8. Reading English literature aloud: late 20th century and beyond
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vernon Thompson
    Come and enjoy reading aloud short stories and passages from novels by late 20th century and contemporary novelists. Join our online Wednesday afternoon reading club! This term:



    The Remains of the Day- Ishiguro



    Bilgewater- Jane Gardam.



    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
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  9. The long 19th century III: national pride and new directions
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    In this last part of the course, we turn to the nationalists of Germany, Russia, Italy, Scandinavia and Spain, and the importance of folk music. And, as the century ends, we come to those composers seeking to break the boundaries of tonality itself. This course has a scheduled break week: 31 May 2023.



    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 £142.00
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  10. Acting for radio and podcast dramas: improvers
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Gooderson
    Explore microphone techniques and demands across different areas of acting work on radio. For those who have completed a beginners’ course or have previous relevant industry experience. This course will be in the media studio.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  11. Ballet pointe: beginners
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (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.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
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    95% of 100
  12. Recorders: intermediate
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    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: 15 Feb 2023.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  13. Musical theatre dance: improvers
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £103.00
  14. Acting: improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 15 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lawrence Lambert
    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 £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £136.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  15. Speak Shakespeare monologues and scenes: comedies
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 7 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vernon Thompson
    Whether you are preparing a Shakespearean monologue for audition or simply have an interest in their structure, rhythm and poetry, this course enables you to work on and speak monologues from the Comedies with confidence.There is also an opportunity to rehearse duologues/ scenework from Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream specifically.



    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
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