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. Stand-up comedy: develop your material
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 28 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your stand-up comedy skills in this comprehensive and supportive workshop where you can create new material and enhance your impact as you explore new techniques and writing insights.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  2. Improvisation and character
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 29 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Creating interesting memorable characters is the goal for any performer. Explore improvisational and physical techniques to enhance your work in a range of comedic and dramatic scenarios.

    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 £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £91.00
  3. Voiceovers: advanced
    Course Date:  Mon 7 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 and intensive course will provide you with a focused range of audio/voiceover materials.

    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 £109.00 Concession £66.00
  4. Piano taster
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 11 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A fun introduction to the piano: learn the names of the notes and where they are, and how to play some simple tunes. Find out whether piano is for you!

    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 £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £18.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  5. Great albums: The Dark Side of the Moon
    Course Date:  Tue 3 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the history of Pink Floyd’s hugely successful and influential eighth album. Chart the commercialization of progressive rock in this album and discuss the reception history and enduring appeal of this work.

    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 £18.00
  6. Mixing and music production workshop
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 9 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    An intensive workshop on the stages involved in achieving a professional sounding mix. Ideal for those with some mixing experience who would like to identify existing weaknesses, improve their skills and learn new techniques.

    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 £119.00 Concession £73.00
  7. Miriam Makeba in King Kong: the South African jazz musical
    Course Date:  Tue 10 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Miriam Makeba, known as Mama Africa, is arguably the most famous African singer of the 20th century. Her international career took off when she was recruited to sing and act the female lead in the musical King Kong. Under the shadow of apartheid this inter-racial collaboration was a groundbreaking enterprise that had reverberations for decades to follow, in South Africa and globally, including in London, where it was performed in 1961.

    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 £18.00
  8. Saxophone taster
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 11 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover how a saxophone class works, and learn about embouchure, breathing, and fingering. Play your tenor or alto saxophone with guidance from an expert.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  9. Pop piano taster
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 12 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover what is involved in learning to play popular piano: how to voice and invert chords, play chord progressions from symbols, and get in the groove. For pianists at grade 4/5 and above.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  10. Jazz at the movies
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 17 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how a jazz revolution occurred on a Hollywood recording stage when the first jazz-oriented film score for “A Streetcar Named Desire” in 1951 paved the way for numerous movie jazz scores and created a long and illustrious line of memorable movie soundtracks composed by some the century’s most talented jazz musicians, composers and arrangers.

    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 £18.00
  11. Comedy improvisation
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 7 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Have fun acting, with theatre games and character exercises. Build your confidence, meet new people while you will learn and practice the key techniques needed for performing improvised comedy scenes.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
  12. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Course Date:  Fri 30 Apr 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is the beginning of our piano programme, designed for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £85.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  13. Acting: improvers
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - 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 £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £140.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  14. Contemporary dance: general level
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your physicality while further enhancing your understanding of contemporary dance, through technical exercises, dynamic travelling and fluid phrases. This class is appropriate for people who are ready to move on from the beginners course or who have previous dance experience.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your return to the studio.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £61.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  15. The art of negotiating
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 7 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Negotiation is a communication skill essential in solving problems and reaching your goals. Learn to prepare well and to feel confident using logical and emotional tools to achieve great outcomes. 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 £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100

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