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

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  1. Narration skills
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Jul 2022 (and 2 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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £142.00
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  2. Introduction to acting
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gemma Kerr
    A fun one day intensive encounter with the acting process. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and supportive environment.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
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  3. Voiceovers: advanced
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  John Eastman
    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.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £88.00
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  4. Chamber music: introduction
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gisela Meyer
    Discover the pleasure of playing in small ensembles with varied instrumentation, with repertoire ranging from early to modern. For instrumentalists at Grade 3 standard or above who can read music confidently.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
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  5. Community dance practice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Francis Angol
    The course offers a chance to develop your knowledge and understanding of how to enable people in a way that they are able to express themselves creatively, learning new things and connecting with other cultures and to each other. Aimed at dance enthusiasts, emerging and existing artists or aynone interested in working in the community.



    The program will give a rounded overview of the nature and structure of this strand of participatory dance practice, covering areas such as professional practice, responsibility, health and safety, working with people and an understanding of legislation which underpins the practice.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
  6. Acting: text intensive
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    Spend three days exploring and rehearsing scenes from a non-naturalistic modern play with an experienced theatre director, sharing a work-in-progress performance in the final afternoon.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £122.00
  7. Ballet pointe: taster
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dilek Taptik
    Our fun taster session is a great way to try a class and to meet our friendly team of professionals who will guide you through some of the basics and answer your questions, so you can be sure that a course is right for you.



    You should have attended regular ballet classes for at least 6 to 12 months. Confidence and strength are key to be able to support yourself en pointe, you need strong feet and ankles. Pointe shoes can be provided free of charge for use in this session. Please contact the department if you would like to reserve a pair.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  8. Summer choir
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Singing with others is great fun, and has been proven to be good for your health. Join us for this short course and get started over the summer to see how it can benefit you. Suitable for all levels, no audition required.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00
  9. Musicianship for keyboard players: introduction
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    Improve your understanding of theory and musicianship in relation to the piano. This course is for pianists who have been learning for around two years.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £30.00
  10. Musical theatre dance intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clinton Goldsmith
    This intensive 4 day workshop is for anyone who has ever been to a show and thought “I wish I were up there performing.” A fun, vibrant class, working on different numbers and styles from some of the best loved West End / Broadway shows. Develop your style, technique, and performance, and improve your confidence to dance. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
  11. Tap intensive (beginners)
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    If you are new to tap then this is the place to start. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
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  12. Great works: Bach's Goldberg Variations
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    'Composed for music lovers, to delight their Spirits'. So wrote Bach in 1741 of his Goldberg Variations, a work which combines profound learning with expressive beauty. Come and explore this dazzling display of compositional virtuosity!



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £24.00
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  13. Classical music: an introduction
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    Are you interested in finding out more about classical music but not sure where to start? This taster course will



    introduce you to the history of music through a careful choice of works.



    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 £23.00 Concession £18.00
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  14. Ballet intensive
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dilek Taptik
    An intensive course that will help adult ballet students not only to watch ballet repertoire but to actively take part in it. You will be able to transfer movements from your ballet class directly into ballet choreography. The choreography will be part of a well known narrative ballet and will have a storyline that you as a dancer can understand. A fun, relaxed yet challenging course which culminates in a small work-in-progress showing on the last day.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00
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  15. Orchestra workshop
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anthony Bailey
    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 £54.00
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