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

Most of our courses are currently delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning . For face-to-face classes at the college, see our information about staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. A short history of jazz: Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Albi Gravener
    Trace the development of this influential music from its origins in New Orleans through to its remarkable, rapid evolution today, learning about the different styles of each era and key musical figures.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
  2. Township jazz
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Bartholomew
    Explore groovy repertoire of South Africa, from Kwela jive to Mbqunga and jazz. Play arrangements with opportunities to improvise. All instruments welcome, but rhythm section places are limited. Please contact music@citylit.ac.uk prior to enrolling if you play drum kit, bass, piano or guitar. Tutor: Paul Bartholomew.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
  3. Jazz guitar: styles and techniques
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    Learn key concepts in how to play jazz guitar, and study the work of some of the most important performers of the genre. For experienced guitarists who are new to jazz.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £91.00
  4. Lecoq technique: an introduction
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    Jacques Lecoq’s style of theatre training is in the body, it involves exploration of ourselves and the world we live in with a sense of curious play. Lecoq revolutionised the format of theatre craft and his style and techniques are recognised as essential tools to any professional working actor, in its most basic or grandest of themes. It is a style that hugs you warmly and sticks with you, adaptable and diverse.



    The Lecoq technique is about the performers engagement, listening physically and their connection in the space, working together as an ensemble, devising your own work and finding new ways to do it are essential.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00
  5. Great Jazz composers
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sara Dhillon
    Explore five famous Jazz composers and learn to identify key features of their style. This short course will help you refresh and expand your listening.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
  6. Introduction to film music
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Music has always been an important part of film-going, filling the silence and creating sometimes startling effects. We will look at the way directors have used music to enhance, enrich and enthral audiences from cinema’s earliest days.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
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    95% of 100
  7. Play-reading
    Course start date:  Wed 23 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Bowen
    Come together with others to explore the work of different playwrights, share the spoken word and gain insight into different plays. These fun and friendly online sessions are for people who would like to read and discuss plays under the guidance of a theatre professional. Working in a supportive atmosphere you will read out loud and discuss the main themes of a range of both contemporary and classic texts.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
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  8. Improve your speaking voice
    Course start date:  Wed 23 Feb 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Giles Abbott
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech through relaxation, stance, breath capacity/control, articulation, forward placing and expression. This course will be delivered in the college.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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    100% of 100
  9. Acting Shakespeare
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 23 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Darwen
    Rehearse scenes and speeches from various Shakespeare's plays in this class suitable for all levels including those new to Shakespeare. Create vivid performances that are both true to life and true to Shakespeare’s language.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
  10. Acting online
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    This course is for those who want to learn online. Working in a fun and supportive environment, on this course you’ll develop your acting skills from the comfort of your own home.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  11. Acting workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lawrence Lambert
    Develop your acting skills in this fun and stimulating workshop. Develop your technique as you explore text and a range of exercises designed to help you create an authentic and truthful performance.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
  12. Acting for fun
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    An acting class purely for the joy of it! This course is suitable for complete beginners, those with a little experience, and anyone wanting to enjoy acting exercises and scenes in a relaxed, low-pressure environment. Gain confidence, make friends, develop new skills and have fun. There will be fresh material and new scenes to explore every term.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  13. Voiceovers: advanced
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Jun 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  David Thorpe
    Expanding on the skills mastered in the Improvers course, you will gain deeper experience in microphone and voiceover techniques, working towards a higher professional standard. This more challenging course will provide you with a focused range of audio/voiceover materials.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00
  14. Narration skills
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Feb 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    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 online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00
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    100% of 100
  15. Teaching drama
    Course start date:  Mon 28 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    Train to teach drama to learners of all ages. Explore various types of drama workshops and teaching methodologies, and gain new drama teaching skills.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00

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