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. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 8 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    This is the beginning of our piano programme: suitable for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing. This is an online course, please see below for details.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. Acting: beginners
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course, designed for people with little or no experience of acting. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and exciting environment.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  3. Sing with confidence
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    If you are nervous of singing in public, scared to open your mouth or just want to know how your voice works, this course is for you. Classes are fun and cover a wide range of musical styles, so there is something for everyone.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  4. Keyboard harmony and improvisation
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    Develop your analytical, melodic and harmonic understanding with the help of improvisation, covering a wide variety of styles. You'll become a more confident player as a result. It is possible to join a later module if you have appropriate skills. For players at Grade 5 and above.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  5. Tap dance: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    If you are new to tap then this is the place to start. Come and find your dancing feet. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential. Break week 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £97.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  6. Tap dance: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    Practise and improve your basic Tap skills and increase your vocabulary of steps and sequences. Gain a greater understanding of rhythm, tempo and syncopation. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  7. Screen acting: advanced
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gary Grant
    This is a practical and intensive screen acting course, designed for students to learn how to create characters and be at their best when working within difficult and pressurised circumstances.



    The course is ideal for those who have studied the basics of screen acting and are planning to make the leap into finding work, also for those who have already broken into the industry but want to make sure they’re at their best when on set.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £249.00 Concession £174.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  8. Choral singing for pleasure
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, this choral class will give you something to look forward to on a Monday. We sing many genres from musical theatre to pop plus more traditional pieces. This course is very popular, so booking early is essential.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  9. Choir at lunchtime
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Come and spend your lunchtime singing a range of music, in interesting choral arrangements. It's good for the mind, body and spirit. Sing music from across all genres, have fun and leave with a spring in your step. There's no better pick-me-up at lunchtime!
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  10. Acting: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Continue your development as you explore a range of exercises and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven a variety of scripts and scenes. Consolidate techniques and deepen your understanding in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  11. Piano/keyboards 1F
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    This is the final term of our beginners piano programme. For pianists who can play tunes and chords in simple keys, play legato and staccato and read music.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  12. Ukulele: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Martin Wheatley
    If you already play ukulele, come and learn new songs and tricks, chord theory, picking and split strokes, and apply these to popular and vintage tunes. Classes may include singing along!



    Break week: 2nd June 2022.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  13. Storytelling for business and pleasure 1
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 1 May 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ariella Eshed
    All cultures respect the world of Story. The ability to tell Stories, in a variety of settings, is a skill that has seen a strong resurgence both in the workplace and in contemporary performance. Gain greater confidence in your communication skills and apply this to your wider experience. This course will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  14. Flute: advanced
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 13 May 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lindsey Fillingham
    This online course is for flautists with at least 5 years training, or Grade 6+ standard, to advance their solo and ensemble playing in a variety of musical styles. The advanced class is fast-paced, and you need to be able to sight-read and play fluently from bottom C to top A.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  15. Stand-up comedy: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Hitchmough
    Explore the main skills you need to write and perform stand-up comedy. This course is suitable for complete beginners.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
    Rating:
    86% of 100

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