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. Chamber music: advanced
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gisela Meyer
    Discover 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, with good sight-reading skills.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  2. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Wilson
    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. NB: no lesson 26th October 2022.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  3. Directing theatre: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Bowen
    Discover the practical elements of directing for the theatre, working on text analysis and beginning to build your director’s toolkit. Learn to motivate actors and create believable, engaging performances as you explore a range of modern texts.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  4. Contemporary dance: general level
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  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.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  5. Contemporary dance: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  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.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
  6. Debating: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (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 in the college.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £77.00
    Rating:
    92% of 100
  7. Acting: scenework
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lawrence Lambert
    Consolidate your techniques as you rehearse and perform in a duologue and/or a monologue from a published play text in this intensive practical course.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  8. Acting: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    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 £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  9. Debating: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 3 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 in the college.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
    Rating:
    91% of 100
  10. Acting: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    Explore 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 exciting environment.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £149.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  11. Prepare for opera
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hakan Vramsmo
    Explore classical operatic repertoire in this dynamic workshop with an experienced tutor and a professional accompanist. Learn which styles suit your particular voice-type. You must have at least four years' classical vocal tuition and be able to learn new repertoire quickly.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £167.00
    Rating:
    89% of 100
  12. Clarinet advanced workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  George Sleightholme
    This course is for students who have a minimum of five years' experience on clarinet (playing at grade 6 standard or above), come and work on both technique and solo repertoire and enjoy some group playing. Offered every term.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
  13. Piano/keyboards 2B
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Gisela Meyer
    Can you play grade 1 standard pieces? Work on technique, fluency of reading and explore more complex rhythm patterns.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  14. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023 (and 8 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Wilson
    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.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  15. Comedy improvisation
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mark Phoenix
    Have fun acting, with theatre games and character exercises. Build your confidence, meet new people while you will learn and practice the key techniques needed for performing improvised comedy scenes.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00

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