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. Actor summer school: improvers
    Course Date:  Mon 26 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A five day intensive course designed to enhance your skills and develop your confidence in acting. Explore a range of exercises and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven scripts and scenes. Ideal for those who have completed a beginner’s level course.



    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 £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £140.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  2. Prepare for opera
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 week 25th October.



    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 £269.00 Senior fee £269.00 Concession £164.00
    Rating:
    88% of 100
  3. Stanislavski: beginners
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover the system of realistic acting that most professional actors use today — the approach to training, characterisation and rehearsal technique developed by the legendary Konstantin Stanislavski.



    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  4. Clarinet advanced workshop
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online 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.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £127.00
  5. Singing 2A
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Continue your singing training into a second year and explore your voice in this confidence-building online course. These classes will develop your singing voice and your musicianship through a selection of songs from various genres.

    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 Concession £134.00
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    100% of 100
  6. Advanced singing workshop
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    A dynamic and invigorating online masterclass for experienced singers (at least five years' one-to-one lessons)

    where you can hone your performance skills ready for recital and stage.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £269.00 Concession £164.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  7. Keyboard harmony and technique: advanced
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A practical workshop combining keyboard harmony and pianistic technique for classical pianists with a starting standard of grade 6. This advanced 3-module course is taught at the keyboard and takes a historical approach to harmony and technique. We discuss separate eras and their corresponding harmonic developments in each self-contained module, along with main points of evolution in pianistic technique.

    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 £140.00
  8. Stand-up comedy: beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the main skills you need to write and perform stand-up comedy. This online course is suitable for complete beginners.

    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 £140.00
    Rating:
    86% of 100
  9. Screen acting: advanced
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This is a practical and intensive screen acting course, designed for students to learn how to create characters and be at their best when working within difficult and pressurised circumstances.

    The course is ideal for those who have studied the basics of screen acting and are planning to make the leap into finding work, also for those who have already broken into the industry but want to make sure they’re at their best when on set.

    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 £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £163.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  10. Sing soul and blues
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enjoy this exploration of classic soul tunes and blues vocal style and repertoire. Meet the challenge of writing and singing your own blues. For experienced singers who are accustomed to group classes. Live sessions 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 Concession £134.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  11. Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: intermediate
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your jazz musicianship, repertoire, playing and improvising. Practise ear training, study jazz harmony, learn challenging repertoire. For players with established jazz education at foundation level. Online assessment for entry to this course can be arranged after you apply to music@citylit.ac.uk.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
  12. Singing 5A
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    The fifth year of our classical singing programme online: continue to develop your technical and performance skills with more challenging repertoire to explore your understanding of your strengths as a singer. Break week 26th October 2021.



    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 Concession £134.00
  13. Piano workshop 3
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.



    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  14. Piano workshop 8
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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: 26 Oct 2021.



    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  15. Sing jazz 1
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Improve your singing technique, solo performance, and learn some standard repertoire and jazz protocol. Explore style, develop good timing and phrasing, breath control, and extend your vocal range. Not suitable for beginner singers. Sessions will be 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 £175.00 Concession £134.00
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    100% of 100

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