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 soul and blues
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karen Lane
    Enjoy this exploration of classic soul tunes and blues vocal style and repertoire.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £153.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  2. Piano workshop 8
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chryssa Kasma
    If you play piano at around grade 8 standard, join one of these lively workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide repertoire, learning to make your own stylistic and interpretive decision under your tutor's guidance. Break week 1st June 2022



    Repertoire: 20th Century music - free choice.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  3. Sing jazz: advanced
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Clare Foster
    For vocalists with a sound technique and experience of jazz and latin styles. Develop your solo performance and expand your repertoire. Challenging repertoire and vocalese will be taught in classes online, and you will be invited to research and contribute repertoire of your choice.



    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
  4. Classical singing workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 5 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 £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £181.00
  5. Piano workshop 5
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 7 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    If you play piano at around grade 5 standard, join one of these online workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide range of piano repertoire, with focus on technique, practice and performance skills.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  6. The long 19th century I: Romantics, poets and virtuosos
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    Discover the roots of Romanticism and its musical pioneers, from Beethoven and Schubert to Meyerbeer and Paganini, as we explore the rich interaction of poetry, art and composition in the early 1800s. Break week: 26 Oct 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 £142.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  7. Keyboard harmony in context: part B
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022

    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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  8. 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
  9. The long 19th century II: Salons and symphonies
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    We continue our journey through the music of the 1800s with Chopin, Liszt, Berlioz, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Donizetti, and the world of performance in private homes and ever grander public spaces. ** This course has a scheduled break week: 22 February 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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  10. The long 19th century III: national pride and new directions
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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: 21 Jun 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 £142.00
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