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. Great works: Ravel's Boléro
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the ideas behind one of the most famous works of the twentieth century, and some of its many interpretations. Be entranced anew by this hypnotic 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
  2. Screen acting: taster
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore your on screen potential in this screen acting taster course. This course is suitable for both those new to screen-acting or for more experienced and advanced students who can experience the incredible value of working in an online environment to enhance their development.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  3. Singing online (mixed levels): taster
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Singers - would you like to like to know more about how a singing class can work on zoom? This fun, interactive, mixed ability taster for singers will give you a chance to find out before committing to a longer course. We will also help you identify which class is the right level for you.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  4. Music theory: score reading taster
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn to navigate a music score and analyse basic structures in Western staff notation for students of grade 5+ ABRSM exams.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  5. Actors: how to earn a living
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the acting industry hard and actors need to be even more resourceful in building their careers. This course is here to help! Maximise your chances of success by learning the essential skills that all performers need to establish themselves in the industry.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
  6. Acting: Shakespeare
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Create vivid performances that are both true to life and true to Shakespeare’s language as you rehearse from one of Shakespeare's plays under the guidance of an experienced director.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £179.00
  7. Great works: Dvorák's Symphony No 8
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    We may consider Antonín Dvorák to be one of the greatest Czech composers of the nineteenth century – but then why was the sunny Eighth Symphony published, and given some of its earliest performances, in England? We explore this grand work, written at the height of Dvorák’s fame, and his fruitful relationship with the British musical world.

    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
  8. Silver Swans ballet barre
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Adapted for older learners our Silver Swans® ballet barre classes have been specifically designed for the over-55s. Ballet barre practice improves posture, strength and flexibility, focusing on the placement of the body and co-ordination. This class is suitable for those looking for a new way to exercise in a fun, relaxed learning group.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £40.00
  9. Extended techniques for flautists: taster
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    A fun and practical online introductory workshop for flautists to explore the weird and wonderful ‘extended’ sounds and techniques of contemporary flute music. We will try out new techniques and learn how these can enhance our general flute playing.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  10. Singing online (beginners): taster
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Would you like to like to join a singing class but are not sure what is involved and how a singing class can work online? This fun and interactive taster for complete beginners will give you a chance to find out before committing to a longer course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  11. Healthy practice for instrumentalists: online
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Playing any instrument can be as demanding on body and mind as training for a major sporting event. In this online course for instrumental musicians, we will explore ways that we can keep our practice sustainable, healthy and joyful.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  12. Vocal anatomy
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn which bits of your body do what to produce your own unique voice & speech, and use this knowledge and understanding with practical exercises to clarify and strengthen your vocal communication. This one day workshop will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  13. Sing with confidence
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    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. These fun, online classes cover a wide range of musical styles, so there is something for everyone. Break weeks: 3rd May and 31st May 2021.

    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 £90.00 Concession £65.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  14. Sing blues
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Enjoy this exploration of blues vocal style and extensive repertoire, old and contemporary. Live classes online. Includes the challenge of writing and singing your own blues.

    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 £115.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  15. Topics in Medieval music
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Study Western music written during the middle ages. Beginning with the fall of the western Roman Empire in the 5th century and ending in the early 15th century, we'll explore music for church, banquet and dance. Break weeks: 3rd & 31st May 2021 (Bank holidays).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £103.00

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