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:
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- Whispering ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response)Course start date: Sun 16 Jul 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Kate MontagueHow can the impact of what we hear and feel enhance our connection to our voices? Learning the skills of ‘quieter’ activities in such a loud, fast-paced world can result in improved wellbeing. Through body-mind connection and the use of vocal sounds, whispering, gestures, rhythms and touch, you can not only reset your nervous system, and better manage stress, but also find a deeper connection to your voice in this afternoon workshop.Full fee £29.00
- Music history book clubCourse start date: Mon 17 Jul 2023
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Edward BreenThe music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biography with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book is Lucky Jim.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
- Great works: Stravinsky's Les NocesCourse start date: Wed 19 Jul 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Trish ShawWhy 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
- Great artists: castratiCourse start date: Thu 20 Jul 2023
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Edward BreenExplore the history of these famous singers and the music that was written for some of the most famous castrati of the 18th century.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
- Jazz piano tasterCourse start date: Thu 20 Jul 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Della RhodesMeet the jazz idiom as you explore time feels and harmonic progressions at your piano. For pianists at grade 5 and above, with some knowledge of chord structures (triads and 7ths), this online session will give food for thought and practice.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £19.00
- Great artists: Enrico CarusoCourse start date: Mon 24 Jul 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Pauline GreeneCaruso, born 200 years ago, was not only a stupendous singer but also a best-selling recording artiste. We find out how he became the first modern superstar tenor.Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
- Keyboard harmony workshop: tasterCourse start date: Tue 25 Jul 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ricardo GosalboImprove your understanding of theory and musicianship in relation to the piano with this practical workshop integrating keyboard harmony with piano performance skills. This course is for classical pianists who play to a confident grade 6 + standard.Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
- Great works: Grieg's Piano ConcertoCourse start date: Tue 8 Aug 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Katy HamiltonGrieg was just 24 years old when he wrote this, one of his best-loved works. We explore its genesis, early performances, and why it has remained such a popular work within the vast repertoire of nineteenth-century piano concertos.Full fee £29.00
- Classical music: an introductionCourse start date: Tue 8 Aug 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Katy HamiltonAre you interested in finding out more about classical music but not sure where to start? This taster course will
introduce you to the history of music through a careful choice of works.Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £19.00
- Great works: White ChristmasCourse start date: Mon 4 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Pauline GreeneHow did we all become so obsessed with snow in December? From Irving Berlin’s song to its use in several films and on stage, we look at the huge impact of this little ditty which has become the defining image of Christmas for many.Full fee £29.00
- Christmas Carols: a brief historyCourse start date: Thu 7 Dec 2023
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Edward BreenDiscover the rich heritage of Christmas carols. Learn about traditional forms of the carol and the history behind selected examples from the medieval to twentieth century.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £29.00
- Christmas crooningCourse start date: Mon 11 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Richard Hartley WilsonDon your sparkly jumpers and get into the Christmas spirit as you sing along to some Christmas classics!Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
- The Sydney Opera House at 50: a musical historyCourse start date: Tue 12 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Trish ShawThe Sydney Opera House is one of the architectural wonders of the modern world, with its dramatic white sails soaring above the sun-dappled waters of Sydney Harbour. 50 years after the Opera House's official opening in October 1973, come and learn how this magnificent structure came into existence, and what is means to musical culture in its own country and throughout the world.Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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