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. Contemporary dance: general level
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 3 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
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  3. Screen acting: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephen Billington
    Build your confidence and strengthen your camera technique in this improvers class. Work towards creating more truthful performances on camera. You must have completed 'Screen acting for beginners' or an equivalent course elsewhere.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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    97% of 100
  4. Contemporary dance: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 3 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
  5. Acting Shakespeare
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Darwen
    Rehearse scenes and speeches from various Shakespeare's plays. Create vivid performances that are both true to life and true to Shakespeare’s language.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £84.00
  6. Acting: scene work
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    Continue your development as you explore exercises and acting techniques to bring a variety of scripts and scenes to vivid life. Consolidate techniques and expand your expression and understanding of performing in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  7. Using your voice for audio books and talking newspapers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hollingworth
    Would you like to narrate audio books? Are you interested in community work such as talking newspapers for the blind? Explore vocal skills and techniques required in these areas and identify what style works for you. This course will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
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  8. Mixing and music production techniques
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Ideal if you know the basics but want your music to sound more polished and professional. Tips and tricks for mixing, using compressors, limiters, EQ, reverb and other devices. Examples will be given in a variety of software on Mac computers, although the course is equally suitable for users of other systems.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00
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  9. Acting: advanced
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Darwen
    Practise and develop your acting skills by rehearsing scenes from contemporary plays in depth, with the option of performing to an invited audience at the end of the course. This course is suitable for students who have completed a broad range of our acting courses at beginners and improvers level or who have gained suitable experience elsewhere.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
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  10. 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
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  11. Clarinet 5C
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  George Sleightholme
    This course is for students who have a minimum of four years' experience (playing at around grade 4-5 standard). Come and work on both technical and solo work, and enjoy learning some ensemble repertoire.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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  12. 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
  13. Music theory: score reading and analysis level 6
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Oliver Chandler
    Learn to navigate music scores, analyse basic structures (harmonic, motivic, and contrapuntal), and identify late-eighteenth and nineteenth-century stylistic characteristics through the study of Schubert’s music, starting with earliest compositions and finishing with the late B-flat major Piano Sonata.



    NB: this course has two a scheduled break weeks: 10 & 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 £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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  14. Keyboard harmony in context: part D
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ricardo Gosalbo
    A practical workshop combining keyboard harmony and pianistic technique for classical pianists with a starting standard of grade 6. This advanced 6-module course is taught at the keyboard and takes a historical approach to harmony and technique. We discuss separate eras and their corresponding harmonic developments in each self-contained module, along with main points of evolution in pianistic technique.



    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 £129.00
  15. 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

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