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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. Prepare for opera
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hakan Vramsmo
    Explore classical operatic repertoire in this dynamic workshop with an experienced tutor and a professional accompanist. Learn which styles suit your particular voice-type. You must have at least four years' classical vocal tuition and be able to learn new repertoire quickly. Break weeks 1st and 29th of May 2023.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £181.00
    Rating:
    89% of 100
  2. Violin and viola advanced: workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    This course is for violin or viola players with at least five years’ experience. Come and enjoy working as a group with the tutor whilst learning repertoire, supported by technical studies. Break weeks 1 May and 29 May 2023.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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  3. Clarinet advanced workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  George Sleightholme
    This course is for students who have a minimum of five years' experience on clarinet (playing at grade 6 standard or above), come and work on both technique and solo repertoire and enjoy some group playing. Offered every term. Break weeks 1 May & 29 May 2023.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £136.00
  4. Keyboard harmony and improvisation
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023 (and 2 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. break weeks: 01 & 29 May 2023 (bank holidays).



    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. Classical singing: advanced workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hakan Vramsmo
    Explore the rich repertoire of classical song and develop expressive and communicative skills. This workshop is for experienced classical singers (at least five years' tuition). Break weeks: 1 & 29 May 2023.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £181.00
  6. Musicianship: aural training with solfa C
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Selena Kay
    This practical course focuses on sight-singing, putting the musical experience at the heart of learning. Gain a better understanding of musical concepts and develop your musicianship. Based on the famous Kodály method. Break weeks 01 and 29 May 2023 (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 £135.00 Concession £110.00
  7. Use your voice assertively
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Apr 2023 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ian Taylor
    Do you want to sound more confident and assertive when you speak? Improve your vocal skills through a series of exercises on this intensive 4 session practical Saturday workshop, which will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  8. Choral singing for pleasure
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023 (and 2 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. Break weeks: 1st and 29th of May 2023.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  9. Choir at lunchtime
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023 (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! Break weeks 1st and 29th of May 2023.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  10. English pronunciation: stage 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Apr 2023 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  David John Gwillim
    Are you a non-native fluent speaker who wants to improve your pronunciation of English and to speak the language more clearly and confidently? Work on clear formation of vowel and consonant sounds including the English neutral vowel and the distinction between voiced and unvoiced sounds. This term the course 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 £219.00 Senior fee £219.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  11. String ensemble
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Come and play string repertoire in a friendly group, and develop your confidence in ensemble playing. Suitable for those who have been playing violin, viola, cello or double bass for at least two years, playing at Grade 3 standard or above. Please click the 'start interview' button to apply. This is to make sure we have a balanced array of instruments for our ensemble. Break week 30 May 2023.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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  12. Cello advanced workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Una Birtchnell
    A group cello class for those who have been playing for at least four years, and are at least Grade 5 standard. You will explore solo and ensemble repertopire, play in all clefs and in positions including thumb position. This course is offered every term.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  13. Piano workshop 3
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chryssa Kasma
    If you play piano at around grade 3 standard, join this friendly workshop to develop your technique and musicianship while building up your repertoire of pieces.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  14. Piano workshop 8
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chryssa Kasma
    If you play piano at around grade 8 standard, join one of these workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide repertoire, learning to make your own stylistic and interpretive decision under your tutor's guidance. Break week: 30 May 2023.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  15. Cello workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Una Birtchnell
    Come and develop your technique and musical skills through playing ensemble and solo repertoire. This course is for students playing at Grade 4 standard at least.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00

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