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. Orchestra workshop
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 6 Dec 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey, Trish Shaw
    A fun, intensive workshop for players of orchestral instruments of Grade 6 level upwards, with good music reading skills. Please click the 'Start interview' button to apply.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £58.00
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  2. String Winter school
    Course start date:  Fri 9 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Learn technique, repertoire and ensemble skills for all orchestral strings. Develop your confidence and make new string friends. For players at grade 3 or above.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
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    95% of 100
  3. Come and sing: South Pacific
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Siobhan Blake, Richard Hartley Wilson
    South Pacific - the iconic musical from the late 1940's and the1958 film - contains some of the most memorable repertoire from the 20th century musical theatre catalogue. Come and explore the highlights in several variations (solos, duets and ensemble numbers) at our friendly weekend workshop. 'Bali Hai', 'I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair', 'Some enchanted evening', 'Nothing like a dame', 'Younger than springtime' and 'In love with a wonderful guy' are just some of the classic songs covered. Please contact music@citylit.ac.uk if you would like to sing solo.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £69.00
  4. Narration skills: intensive
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Dec 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dian Perry
    A fun and intensive workshop all about the incredible world of narration. This enormous and lucrative area of the voiceover world includes e-learning, documentaries, audio books, medical/technical narration, explainer videos and more. You’ll learn how to deliver great reads from the inside out. It’s not just about the sound of your voice! This course will be delivered in the media studio.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £97.00
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  5. Clowning and physical comedy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 15 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    Discover 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
  6. TV presenting for beginners
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kathryn Wolfe
    Have you ever thought you could cut it as a TV presenter, but been unsure where to start? Discover your TV presenting potential. Learn how to present to camera, read autocue, memorise a piece to camera, interview and talk to time.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £111.00
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  7. Audition ready
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Darwen
    Learn how an audition panel sees you in order to maximise your chances of success. You will work on your audition repertoire in this workshop to build a solid base of audition pieces. Ideal if you applying for drama school or preparing for industry castings.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
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  8. Introduction to music production
    Course start date:  Wed 16 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Come and learn the basics of recording and editing using a free or cheap digital audio program that can run on either Mac or PC. Turn your musical ideas into completed songs you can share!
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £97.00
  9. The holistic voice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    Your 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
  10. Presenting to camera for vlog and Youtube
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kathryn Wolfe
    Do you want to vlog or present on YouTube but don't know where to start? This course will cover what kit to use, and how to present to your viewers, whether streaming from home or on location. It’s a mix of presenting skills and technical advice for non-technical people, focussing on presenting and setting up your domestic recordings.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  11. Acting for radio and podcast dramas: advanced workshop
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Gooderson
    Fine-tune your audio skills by performing in a BBC radio drama on this weekend workshop in the media studio. For those with lots of previous experience, either through courses or industry.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £111.00
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  12. Sampling, beat-making and synth programming
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Learn to create your own more original tracks by manipulating samples, beats and synth sounds to individualise your sound.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £97.00
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    100% of 100
  13. TV presenting for beginners (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gary Grant
    Have you ever thought you could cut it as a TV presenter, but been unsure where to start? Discover your TV presenting potential. Learn how to present to camera, read autocue, memorise a piece to camera, interview and talk to time.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £111.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  14. String Easter school
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Learn technique, repertoire and ensemble skills for all orchestral strings. Develop your confidence and make new string friends. For players at grade 3 or above.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  15. Shakespeare and the body
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    Unlock Shakespeares hidden physical language through the work of Lecoq, Meisener, Michel Chekhov and Grotowski as we discover a deeper, more physically rooted and emotionally driven connection with Shakespeares work. No experience is needed for this short intensive course however an openness to explore and to develop text and physical performance simultaneously is necessary.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £62.00

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