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), dance, radio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as piano, singing, strings and wind instruments to jazz and pop, music technology, music 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.
For drama, dance and speech courses email email@example.com
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- Drumming: advancedCourse start date: Sun 24 Sep 2023
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Mark HuggettOur advanced class is a great chance to practise all the essential popular grooves. Enhance and maintain your technique, reading and stamina. Sessions will be delivered online so you will use your own kit, acoustic or electronic.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £0.00
- Acting: beginnersCourse start date: Sun 24 Sep 2023 (and 11 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: James JarrettExplore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course, designed for people with little or no experience of acting. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and creative environment.
- Jazz woodshedding onlineCourse start date: Sun 1 Oct 2023
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Della Rhodes, Angele VeltmeijerExplore, transpose and rehearse patterns of scales and chord tones relevant to improvising over jazz progressions. Ideal if you have completed 'Jazz harmony and ear training' and want to keep up your practice at home in a live group class.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £109.00
- Great Jazz composersCourse start date: Sun 8 Oct 2023
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Sara DhillonExplore five famous Jazz composers and learn to identify key features of their style. This short course will help you refresh and expand your listening.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
- Mask technique and performance (level 2)Course start date: Sun 8 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sean CroftA creative, high energy and inspiring workshop in mask characterisation and mask physicality. If you are interested in learning about performing in full mask this one day workshop will introduce techniques helping to build confidence and understanding of mask performance. Masks provided.Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £41.00
- Transcribe jazz solosCourse start date: Sun 15 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Tim RichardsA study and sharing group for experienced jazz players with a good working knowledge of harmony and experience of improvising. We will focus on in-depth listening and transcription of recorded examples by jazz musicians. Sessions will include demonstration and performance opportunities. Course dates: 15 October, 12 November, 3 December, 21 January, 18 February, 17 March 2023.Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £149.00
- Chamber music: advancedCourse start date: Sun 15 Oct 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Gisela MeyerDiscover the pleasure of playing in small, mixed instrumental ensembles, one per part, in a variety of repertoire. For classical instrumentalists at grade 5/6 or above. Due to the demanding nature of most piano parts, pianists should play at Grade 8 level or higher. Good sight reading skills and experience in chamber music are required. Break week: 29 Oct 2023.
- Introduction to music productionCourse start date: Sun 3 Dec 2023 (and 4 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Max La VillaCome and learn the basics of recording and editing so that you can turn your musical ideas into completed songs you can share!Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £104.00
- Contemporary dance: styles and techniquesCourse start date: Sun 5 Nov 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Francis Angol, Orley QuickThis series of classes led by Francis Angol and Orley Quick, will explore different approaches to the practice of Contemporary dance, working through different styles and techniques. Each session has been designed to give students an understanding of the fundamental principle and techniques of each approach taken. Working through fundamentals of movement, properties and the stylistic features of form.
By the end of the course, we hope you will have gained greater confidence, knowledge and appreciation of Contemporary Dance practice and be able to differentiate between the various styles and technique you may encounter.Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £90.00
- Acting: improversCourse start date: Sun 5 Nov 2023 (and 5 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: James JarrettExplore a range of exercises and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven a variety of scripts and scenes in this improvers class. Consolidate techniques and deepen your understanding in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
- Mixing and music production techniquesCourse start date: Sun 3 Mar 2024 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Max La VillaIdeal if you know the basics of music production but want your music to sound more polished and professional. Tips and tricks for mixing, using compressors, limiters, EQ, reverb and other devices.
- Contemporary dance: improversCourse start date: Sun 14 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Francis AngolThe course aims to give you a further embodied understanding of Contemporary dance that is underpinned by Somatics practice, and other contemporary dance techniques, to bring greater flow and dynamics to your expression as you allow yourself to move from your inner space and to negotiate the flow of weight, rhythm, breath, space and time.Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £69.00
- Clowning and physical comedyCourse start date: Sun 14 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sean CroftDiscover the fundamentals of fun, exploring what makes us laugh and what it means to be a clown. We’ll dive deep down into the funny bones of comedic genres that have lasted centuries and learn techniques in the physical style of comedy performance. No previous experience needed. Warning: a great deal of serious silliness will be had!Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £62.00
- The holistic voiceCourse start date: Sun 21 Jan 2024 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Kate MontagueYour voice should be an extension of your character. This Sunday workshop offers accessible and empowering mind-body techniques to deepen your awareness and holistic connection to your voice so that the message you give out is true to your intention.Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
- Core energeticsCourse start date: Sun 12 May 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Kate MontagueCore Energetics is a body-mind practice designed to enhance your self-awareness, aliveness, creativity and focus, and a means to opening up physically, helping you to become aware of your energy flow.Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £38.00
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