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
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  2. Narration skills
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    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 in our studio.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £95.00
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  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Improve your speaking voice
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Giles Abbott
    Come and improve your vocal skills through voice production and speech exercises. Learn about self presentation, develop spontaneity and gain greater confidence by improving your communication skills in the workplace.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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  6. Audition ready
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Darwen
    Learn how an audition panel sees you in order to maximise your chances of success. You will work on your audition repertoire in this workshop to build a solid base of audition pieces. Ideal if you applying for drama school or preparing for industry castings.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
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  7. Acting Shakespeare
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Nov 2022

    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
  8. Reading English literature aloud: early 20th century
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vernon Thompson
    Come and enjoy reading aloud passages from novels by early 20th century writers in our Wednesday afternoon reading group; set texts will come from the years 1900-1950 and will be announced nearer the time.



    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. Accents: London, General American and British regional
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    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 one regional British accent. This course will be taught online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  10. Actor's voice: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nikki Kelly
    It's time to top up your vocal skills! This thorough and fun improvers' course will benefit your further vocal development as an actor or professional speaker. You will consolidate work on breath support and explore pitch and resonance. The course will be held in the college.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
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