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), dance, radio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as piano, singing, strings and wind instruments to jazz and pop, music technology, music 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.

Browse our Performing Arts courses below and enrol today!

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. Queer music history & LGBT composers: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 8 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    An introduction to LGBT composers/music makers as well as an introduction to the development of queer musicology. Your tutor will guide you through a review of music throughout history from the standpoint of the LGBTQIA+ community. Covering composers who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, from classical to popular genres, medieval to present day.

    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: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Radio presenting: beginners

    Course Date: Tue 9 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    What makes a good radio presenter? From getting the script off the page and ad-libbing to music presenting and news reading, develop an on-air identity, working as live ‘on mic’ each week. This course will be delivered online.

    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: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  3. Acting for wellbeing

    Course Date: Tue 9 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Increase your physical and emotional well-being through playful and fun acting exercises. Connect, take notice, be active, learn new skills, become more present and engaged with others using tools drawn from actor training.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  4. TV presenting for beginners (intensive)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 9 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Have you ever thought you could cut it as a TV presenter, but feel unsure where to start? Discover your TV presenting potential. Learn how to present to camera, read from a prompt, memorise a piece to camera, interview and talk to time in this online interactive course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00

  5. Recording yourself at home: techniques and tips

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 12 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to record yourself using your home digital audio equipment. Suitable for those with some previous experience in digital audio.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. Presenting on the spot: advanced

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 15 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    To gain greater credibility through improving your communication skills and confidently achieving a public presentation with very little time to prepare.

    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: £129.00

  7. Auditioning and self-taping for TV and film

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 15 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Expert advice and guidance on how to prepare for auditions. This practical course covers techniques and tips on how to prepare for auditions with the opportunity to practice in putting those into action.

    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

  8. Stand-up comedy: introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 15 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course is for those new to stand-up comedy. It will provide some of the essential skills needed to develop the student’s own individual comic persona and to create formulas for successful material.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  9. Musicianship for string players

    Course Date: Tue 16 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve your understanding of theory and musicianship in relation to your instrument. This course is for violin, viola and cello players who have been learning for two years or more.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. Great works: Allegri's Miserere

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 16 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the history of this most famous choral work and trace the story of the famous high C from the castrati of the 18th century to today’s professional early music vocal ensembles.

    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

  11. Acting: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 17 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course designed for people with little or no experience. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and exciting environment.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  12. Debating: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 17 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Debating requires the ability to speak English persuasively in public and, crucially, to respond rapidly to other people’s objections to what you say. We will cover the theory and practice of debating, and you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style. A great mental workout.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  13. Debating: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 17 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    For those who have some experience in debating or related courses, you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style, while honing your articulation and enunciation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  14. Practical voice

    Course Date: Wed 17 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech through relaxation, stance, breath capacity/control, articulation, forward placing and expression.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  15. Whispering: Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response

    Course Date: Wed 17 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    How can the impact of what we hear and feel enhance our connection to our voices? Through body-mind connection and the use of vocal sounds, gestures, rhythms and touch, you can not only reset your nervous system, and better manage stress, but also find a deeper connection to your voice. This course will be delivered online.

    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: £0.00
    Concession: £42.00

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