Performing Arts Courses & Classes in London

From acting classes to a full range of music courses, comedy to dance, enjoy a performing arts course at City Lit in the evenings, daytimes or at weekends. We offer a range of fantastic dance classes from contemporary dance, tap dance to belly dancing classes plus voice, speech and communication courses to improve your vocal delivery and communication. We're in the centre of London with excellent facilities and expert tutors who are brilliant at communicating their enthusiasm. What will you choose?

Got a question? For music courses call 020 7492 2630 and for drama, dance and speech courses call 020 7492 2542.

Get in touch on 020 7831 7831 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm. 

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  1. Cello taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 31 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to hold the cello and bow, how the instrument works, and play some simple tunes by the end of the session. Please bring your own instrument. Tutor: Polly Hewett.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £18.00

  2. Clarinet taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 1 Aug 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the basics of clarinet playing and discover what is involved in learning the instrument: embouchure, breathing, articulation and fingering. Please bring your own Bb clarinet. Tutor: Ross Thomas.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £18.00

  3. Orchestra workshop

    Course Date: Tue 10 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fun, intensive workshop for players of orchestral instruments of Grade 6 level upwards, with good music reading skills. Please click the 'Start assessment' button, which will lead you to a short application form. Once we review your form we will be in touch. Tutors: Peter Crockford (Conductor) Robert Puzey (Leader).
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £40.00

  4. Acting Diploma (Level 3)

    Course Date: Sat 14 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An exciting and rigorous one-year part-time training in the core disciplines of acting. Taught by industry professionals, this course will build your craft as an actor and is ideal for anyone intending to enter full time training at drama school. Entry is by audition, and the course is accredited by OCN London, with access to Advanced Learner Loans for the course fee. For more information contact Drama on (020) 7482 2542 or email Drama Department

    Course times: Thursdays 18:15 – 21:30 and Saturdays 10:00 – 17:30.

    The course fee is £2225. If you’re unable to pay this upfront, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to help cover the course fee. The Advanced Learning Loan is written off on completion of a Higher Education degree course. A deposit of £225 is also payable to secure your place (refundable after you complete the course). You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan www.citylit.ac.uk/advanced-learner-loans



    For more information, please call Drama, dance and speech on 020 7492 2542.
    Full fee: £2,225.00
    Senior fee: £2,225.00
    Concession: £2,225.00

  5. Alexander technique for performers

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to improve your freedom of movement, breath and speech during performance? This course for beginners will help you release habitual tension with a focus on mind and body.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  6. Keyboard harmony and improvisation for pianists

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  7. Piano/keyboards 1A (early-bird)

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is the beginning of our piano programme: suitable for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing. You will be taught in our digital piano classroom, with one keyboard per student.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  8. Clarinet 2A

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have played Bb clarinet for at least a year, come and improve your technique and performance skills, and explore a variety of styles and repertoire. Continues to Clarinet 2B next term.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  9. Clarinet 3A

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have a minimum of two years' experience (playing at around grade 3 standard), come and work on both technical and solo work, and enjoy some ensemble playing. Continues with Clarinet 3B next term.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  10. Accents: London, General American and British regional

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Expand your skillset as an actor or as someone with an interest in speech and phonetics by mastering regional and international accents, including London; General American; West Yorkshire; Liverpool and Bristol.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  11. Accents: challenging British regional accents

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Expand your skillset as an actor or someone with an interest in speech and phonetics by mastering some more ‘challenging’ accents which may include Glasgow, Belfast, Nottingham and others. An invaluable skill for all working actors.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  12. Music theory: grade 3

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to read and write rhythm and melody in compound time, phrase structure and anacrusis (upbeat/pickup), transposing between clefs, major and minor keys up to four sharps/flats. Break week: 30 Sep 2019.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  13. Piano/keyboards 4A

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For pianists with around three years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music reading, and your confidence! Taught in the digital keyboard classroom with work on acoustic pianos.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  14. Violin and viola 4A

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have been learning for three to four years, are fluent in 1st and 3rd positions (grade 3-4), come and study higher positions, vibrato and more variety of bow techniques. This course continues with Violin and Viola 4B next term.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  15. Sing jazz: advanced

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you a vocalist with a sound technique and experience of jazz and latin styles? Develop your solo performance and expand your repertoire. Some repertoire and vocalese will be taught, but you will be invited to contribute repertoire of your choice.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

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