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

Most of our courses are currently delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning . For face-to-face classes at the college, see our information about staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Accents: standard English
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Mulquin
    Do you feel stuck in a regional or international accent? Would you like to learn how to speak Standard English? This course is not for speakers of other languages who should take English Pronunciation courses instead.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
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  2. City Lit a cappella
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Della Rhodes
    This small ensemble of experienced harmony singers learn 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.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
  3. Singing 1A
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Heather Longman
    Start singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building course. These classes will introduce you to healthy use of your singing voice and basic musicianship through a selection of songs from a variety of genres.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00
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  4. Singing workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ruth Beckmann
    An online 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. Repertoire project tbc. Break week: 17th February 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £164.00
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  5. Audition ready
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - 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.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00
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  6. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    This is the beginning of our piano programme, designed for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing.



    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 £97.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  7. Music theory: grade 5
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Edward Henderson
    Learn about irregular metre, tenor clef, major and minor keys to six flats/sharps, primary triads, cadences, and



    standard expression signs. Essential for anyone taking higher grade practical exams. break week: 17th Feb 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 £134.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  8. Debating: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Gavin Illsley
    For those who have some experience in debating or related courses, you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style, while honing your articulation and enunciation. This term the 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 £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  9. Contemporary dance: general level
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - 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.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  10. Contemporary dance: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - 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.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
  11. Debating: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Gavin Illsley
    Debating requires the ability to speak English persuasively in public and, crucially, to respond rapidly to other people’s objections to what you say. We will cover the theory and practice of debating, and you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style. A great mental workout. 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 £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    92% of 100
  12. Piano/keyboards 2B
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jonathan Wilson
    Can you play grade 1 standard pieces? Work on technique, fluency of reading and explore more complex rhythm patterns.



    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 Concession £121.00
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  13. Piano/keyboards 4B
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    For pianists with around three years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music



    reading, and your confidence.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
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  14. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Chryssa Kasma
    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.



    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 £121.00
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  15. Piano workshop 8
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - 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 15th February 2022.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100

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