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 long and short 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. Mixing and music production techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Mar 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Ideal if you know the basics of music production but want your music to sound more polished and professional. Tips and tricks for mixing, using compressors, limiters, EQ, reverb and other devices.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £125.00
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    100% of 100
  2. Accents: London, General American and British regional
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 17 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jonathan Mulquin
    Expand your skillset as an actor or as someone with an interest in speech and phonetics by mastering regional and international accents, including London; General American, and at least two regional British accents. This course will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  3. Acting: improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 14 Jan 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  James Jarrett, Deirdre Strath Clyde
    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
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  4. Creative instrumental ensemble
    Course start date:  Wed 31 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  George Sleightholme
    Come and get creative with your instrument! Learn to create original music in a collaborative and supportive atmosphere with an experienced tutor and like-minded musicians.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £90.00
  5. Piano: advanced workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Jan 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Petros Moschos
    If you are an advanced pianist, whether a performer or specialist teacher, continue to develop your skills, broaden your repertoire and increase your understanding of piano playing. Please contact the Music department to enquire about joining this class. Break week: 07 Feb 2024.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  6. Storytelling for business and pleasure 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  John Eastman
    All cultures respect the world of Story. The ability to tell Stories, in a variety of settings, is a skill that has seen a strong resurgence both in the workplace and in contemporary performance. Gain greater confidence in your communication skills and wider experience. This 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 £199.00
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    95% of 100
  7. Flute: advanced
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lindsey Fillingham
    This online course is for flautists with at least 5 years training, or Grade 6+ standard, to advance their solo and ensemble playing in a variety of musical styles.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.



    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
  8. Classical guitar: advanced
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 17 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kevin Cahill
    For experienced classical guitarists, this class will work on scales and arpeggios at grades 7 and 8, and fingerstyle versions of Baroque, Latin and popular music.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
  9. Contemporary dance: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Feb 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Orley Quick
    Push your physicality, stamina and strength through technical exercises, dynamic travelling and fluid phrases. Be challenged mentally and physically, take risks and work with full body awareness. This class is appropriate for people who have lots of experience in Contemporary dance and are confident with floor work.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
  10. The art of negotiating
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gavin Illsley
    Negotiation is a communication skill essential in solving problems and reaching your goals. Learn to prepare well and to feel confident using logical and emotional tools to achieve great outcomes. The course will be taught in the college.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
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    90% of 100
  11. Reading English literature aloud: late 20th century and beyond
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

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



    The Remains of the Day-Kazuo Ishiguro



    Bilgewater- Jane Gardam.
    Full fee £129.00
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  12. Play-reading
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Simon Bowen
    Come together with others to explore the work of different playwrights, share the spoken word and gain insight into different 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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  13. Clarinet repertoire workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 17 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  George Sleightholme
    This course is for students who have a minimum of four years' experience on clarinet (playing at grade 5 standard or above), come and work on both technique and solo repertoire and enjoy some group playing. Offered every term.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
  14. Acting: scenes to performance
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    Practise and develop your acting skills by rehearsing scenes in detail. Engage with the fundamentals of performance in front of a live invited audience in our John Lyons Theatre in the final session.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £249.00 Concession £162.00
  15. Contemporary dance: general level
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Feb 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    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
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