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 email@example.com. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.
For drama, dance and speech courses email firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
- Great artists: Sir Charles Mackerras and Czech musicCourse start date: Mon 4 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetSir Charles Mackerras was one of most significant and influential artists of the last seventy years. After winning a scholarship to study in Prague in 1947, he became besotted by all things Czech and was determined to become a champion of that country’s music. He later proudly described himself as an ‘honorary Czech’ and was often at his artistic happiest when working with singers and musicians from the Czech and Slovak republics. Tutor: Professor Raymond Holden [external website].Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Christmas carols sing-a-longCourse start date: Thu 14 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Siobhan BlakeTransport yourself into a joyous frame of mind and festive spirit as you sing through some of the most beautiful settings of medieval carols. Explore harmonic textures, musical interpretations, get technical tips for tricky corners and enjoy singing these wonderful pieces with others!Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
- The holistic voiceCourse start date: Sat 23 Sep 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Kate MontagueYour voice should be an extension of your character. This Saturday workshop offers accessible and empowering mind-body techniques to deepen your awareness and 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 £0.00
- Improve your speaking voice: tasterCourse start date: Thu 1 Feb 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Giles AbbottA taster class to introduce you to how you can improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech through relaxation, breath technique and articulation. This taster class will take place in one of our studios.Full fee £19.00
- Great works: Stabat mater from plainchant to PärtCourse start date: Thu 18 Apr 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Trish ShawThis course examines a core Latin Christian hymn text, Stabat mater dolorosa, which has received dozens of musical settings over eight centuries, from the 13th century to the present day. Why does this particular text hold such fascination for composers, and how has its meaning been interpreted through music?Full fee £39.00
- Conducting WagnerCourse start date: Mon 15 Jul 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetAlthough active during two very different historical periods, the operatic partnerships of Mozart and da Ponte and Strauss and Hofmannsthal have much in common. Not only were they seminal in shaping the perception and reception of the lyric theatre during their own lifetimes, but they created a series of theatrical masterpieces that continue to dominate the world’s major operatic stages. Tutor: Professor Raymond Holden [external website].
- Vibrato: a short studyCourse start date: Thu 18 Jul 2024
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Edward BreenWhat is vibrato and how is it used? Learn about the history of vocal vibrato and arguments surrounding its use.
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
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