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: exploring Grade 2 pieces
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    Study pieces from the ABRSM 2021 & 2022 Grade 2 piano syllabus. Learn the required scales and try some aural tests. An ideal way to boost your learning over the summer.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  2. Piano/keyboards: exploring Grade 1 pieces
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    Study pieces from the new ABRSM 2021 & 2022 Grade 1 piano syllabus. Learn the required scales and try some aural tests. An ideal way to boost your learning over the summer.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  3. Great works: West Side Story
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Sixty-five years ago, West Side Story took Broadway by storm, and now a new film is doing the same. Who created it and how, and what impact did it have on musicals – and in films - afterwards?
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
  4. Come and sing: West Side Story
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Siobhan Blake, Richard Hartley Wilson
    West Side Story - the iconic musical film from the 1950s and the more recent version from 2021 - contains some of the most catchy repertoire from the 20th century catalogue. Come and explore the highlights in several variations (solos, duets and ensemble numbers) at our friendly weekend workshop.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £67.00
  5. Learn to read music: taster
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 11 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Selena Kay
    Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn to name and recognise notes. An introduction for



    absolute beginners.



    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 £19.00
  6. Great works: Byrd's Quomodo cantabimus
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Explore the eight-voice motet Quomodo cantabimus (How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land) by William Byrd and learn how it may be interpreted as a reaction to the newly-protestant England in which he lived.



    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 £15.00 Concession £12.00
  7. City Lit Big Band
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Henry
    An ensemble for proficient jazz players to maintain and improve your sight reading and section work, playing music from the classic era of Big Bands and contemporary and original arrangements. Contact the Music Department to enquire about availability of places for your instrument and to arrange your audition.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
  8. Foundation in Drama (Extended Certificate Level 2)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley, Vernon Thompson, Martin Wimpress
    Do you want to be an actor but find it hard to fit the training around your other commitments? This intensive and practical one day per week course provides classes in the core disciplines of acting, voice and movement, working towards a Level 2 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts awarded by OCN London.
    Full fee £1,599.00 Senior fee £1,599.00 Concession £1,599.00
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