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

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

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Introduction to music production
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jun 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Come and learn the basics of recording and editing so that you can turn your musical ideas into completed songs you can share!
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £104.00
  2. Mixing and music production techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Mar 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Ideal if you know the basics of music production but want your music to sound more polished and professional. Tips and tricks for mixing, using compressors, limiters, EQ, reverb and other devices.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £125.00
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  3. Music theory: fugue writing
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karl Lutchmayer
    Study the structure of basic fugues from the 18th century and learn to write your own fugue. This course balances analysis with practical compositional techniques. Scheduled break weeks: 1, 8,15 April and bank holiday mondays 6, 27 May 2024.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  4. Screen acting: introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 17 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carlotta Morelli
    Explore the fundamentals of screen acting in this one-day intensive course. Work in a safe and supportive environment to learn skills and techniques to be able to act truthfully on camera.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  5. Introduction to acting
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Mar 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
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  6. Radio and podcast presenting: advanced (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Spencer
    This is a new opportunity to take your love of radio presenting to the next level. The course supports you with a tutor-editor to craft a pre-recorded radio programme or extended feature on a subject of your choice, mixing interview clips, music and sound effects into your own production. This weekend workshop will be delivered in the media studio.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00
  7. Viola workshop
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Focus on technique and musicianship especially for viola: on playing on the C string, reading alto clef fluently, left-hand work and more. For viola players, and violin players who wish to add an extra string to their bow!
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  8. Ballet Easter intensive: Swan Lake
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dilek Taptik
    Strengthen your passion for and enjoyment of dance though the repertoire of Swan Lake.



    Danced to Tchaikovsky's beautiful musical score, Swan Lake has been staged by all major ballet companies. Following a short barre warm-up we will explore some of the characters and dance sequences from Act 1 and 2. The learned material can be showcased on day 3 of this course.



    Please note this course is for improvers, you should have attended regular ballet classes for at least 2 years and have good knowledge of classical ballet vocabulary.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00
  9. Silver Swans ballet intensive: beginners
    Course start date:  Mon 15 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Abigail Bulfin
    Our beginners intensive course will work on achieving improved balance, strength and flexibility as well as technical skills giving you the opportunity to further develop your technique and continue your ballet journey through friendly and supportive classes where you will learn dances (also known as variations) from a famous ballet.



    Please note that some ballet experience is required even for beginners.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £62.00
  10. Orchestra workshop
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey, Trish Shaw
    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 £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
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  11. Great works: Stabat mater from plainchant to Pärt
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trish Shaw
    This course examines a core Latin Christian hymn text, Stabat mater dolorosa, which has received dozens of musical settings over eight centuries, from the 13th century to the present day. Why does this particular text hold such fascination for composers, and how has its meaning been interpreted through music?
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  12. Saxophone 4
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    Maintain and extend your playing skills on our advanced course. Repertoire is pop, jazz and World music, and we will learn and rehearse sax ensemble arrangements.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
  13. Folk and pop guitar: advanced
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    Experienced and able players may join our new advanced level class for contemporary guitar study. Live sessions on Zoom.



    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 £116.00
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