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. Acting for radio and podcast dramas: improvers
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Gooderson
    Explore microphone techniques and demands across different areas of acting work on radio. For those who have completed a beginners’ course or have previous relevant industry experience. This course will be in the media studio.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  2. Ballet pointe: beginners
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dilek Taptik
    This short course offers you the opportunity to get introduced to pointe work at a pace that allows you to understand how to execute the basic exercises correctly. Working with correct alignment and safely are a focal point and to address any issues and concerns you may have. To get the most out of this course you should have attended regular ballet classes for at least 6 to 12 months.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  3. Piano repertoire
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelagh Sutherland
    If you have a minimum playing standard of grade 8, come and explore the wealth of piano repertoire, concentrating on style and period. Broaden your interpretive skills and gain experience in performance practice. Break week: 22 Feb 2023.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £181.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  4. Recorders: intermediate
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Wendland
    A course for recorder players to develop technique further, explore repertoire, and learn how to play both solo and in ensemble. Suitable for those with at least one year's playing experience, and confident in music-reading. Break week: 15 Feb 2023.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  5. Recorder ensemble: advanced
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Wendland
    If you are already experienced in recorder ensemble playing, join this small, friendly group to look at developing consort playing skills in Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary styles. Break week: 15 Feb 2023.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  6. Musical theatre dance: improvers
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clinton Goldsmith
    This class is designed for those who already have previous dance experience. Here, you will be taught new steps and techniques to develop coordination, flexibility and strength. The main aim of the course is for you to continue to learn and develop your new skills whilst having fun and growing in confidence.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £103.00
  7. Acting: improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 15 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lawrence Lambert
    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 £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £136.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  8. Acting for radio and podcast dramas: advanced
    Course start date:  Wed 31 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Gooderson
    Seeking work in Radio drama? Explore microphone techniques and acting skills for radio at a higher level. For those who have previous experience through courses or industry.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  9. Speak Shakespeare monologues and scenes: comedies
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 7 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vernon Thompson
    Whether you are preparing a Shakespearean monologue for audition or simply have an interest in their structure, rhythm and poetry, this course enables you to work on and speak monologues from the Comedies with confidence.There is also an opportunity to rehearse duologues/ scenework from Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream specifically.



    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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    100% of 100
  10. Great works: Stravinsky's Les Noces
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trish Shaw
    Why is Stravinsky's Les Noces still considered such an important work a century after its first performance by the Ballets Russes in Paris in June 1923? Come and discover how this work was conceived and created, and its impact on music and dance in the 20th century.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  11. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    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.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  12. Piano/keyboards 3B
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    Can you play grade 2 standard pieces? Improve your hand coordination, musical phrasing, reading and finger technique, and improve your confidence in this second term of level 3.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  13. Piano/keyboards 1E
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Edward Henderson, Chrysa Kasma
    This is the second year of our beginners piano programme and repertoire will be of a pre-grade 1 standard. Improve your eye/hand coordination, your reading and finger technique.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
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    100% of 100
  14. Singing 2
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hakan Vramsmo
    Continue your singing journey and explore your voice in the second year of our training programme. These classes will further develop your singing voice and musicianship skills through a selection of technical exercises and songs from a variety of genres to suit all musical tastes.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
  15. 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

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