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. Music history book club
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    The music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biographies with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book is a new novel about Handel.



    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
  2. Great works: The Beggar's Opera
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Was this the first musical? Using popular song and opera tunes of the day, new satirical words poked fun at serious opera in this everyday tale of skulduggery among the criminal classes, with a charismatic but murderous hero.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  3. Great works: Brahms's Clarinet Quintet
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    Explore this much-loved work by Brahms and learn about the performer and the instrument it was originally written for.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  4. Great works: Allegri's Miserere
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Explore the history of this most famous choral work and trace the story of the famous high C from the castrati of the 18th century to today’s professional early music vocal ensembles.



    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
  5. Great works: Grieg's Piano Concerto
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    Grieg 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 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  6. Whispering ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 16 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    How 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 Senior fee £29.00
  7. 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
  8. Great artists: castrati
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Explore 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
  9. Great artists: Enrico Caruso
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Caruso, 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

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