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. Christmas crooners

    Course Date: Mon 7 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Sparkly jumpers, snow and tinsel, a stool, a mic, and a crooner: join me in exploring the singers, arrangers and repertoire of sentimental but strangely compelling festive schmaltz, just in time to join in ourselves.

    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: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  2. Music history book club: The Fabulous Dead

    Course Date: Mon 7 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biographies with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book is a new collection of short stories.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  3. BBC radiophonic workshop techniques

    Course Date: Tue 8 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore and exploit techniques typical of a late 1950s electroacoustic music studio such as the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Oscillators, filters, modulators, tape recorders and mixers will be studied via BERNA emulation software.

    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

  4. Comedy writing and performing: taster

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 8 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore your comedy writing and performance potential under the guidance of an Emmy-award winning comedy producer/director. Alan Nixon shares the skills behind creating powerful comedy using classic and modern techniques.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  5. Accents: taster

    New Evening
    Course Date: Wed 9 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Expand your skillset as an actor or as someone with an interest in speech and phonetics by exploring one British regional accent in this fun taster class, which 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: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  6. Learn to read music: taster

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 10 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn to name and recognise notes. An introduction for absolute beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  7. Chamber music skills: taster

    Course Date: Thu 10 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover how to develop your ensemble skills online. Learn how you can study your own part and scores, play with a backing track, make use of recordings and learn to listen better in ensemble playing.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  8. Whispering: taster

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 10 Dec 2020
    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 systems, and better manage stress, but also find a deeper connection to your voice. A taster class, delivered online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  9. Using your voice in mask work: taster

    New Evening
    Course Date: Fri 11 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this short taster class, delivered face to face, you will explore the vocalising of different characters in fairy tales. Equipped with a paper bag, draw a face on each side and rotate the bag while inventing a dialogue between characters. The perfect class for social distancing, mask wearing actors to improve articulation and character voice idiosyncracies.

    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: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  10. Swing jazz rhythm notation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you struggle to negotiate reading and writing in swing time? This online session aims to help you hear and steer in swing feel. Students must be accustomed to playing jazz.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Clowning

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Awaken the Clown that is in you through this exciting and playful two-day 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  12. Healthy practice for wind instrumentalists

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Playing any instrument can be as demanding on body and mind as training for a major sporting event. In this online course, specifically designed for wind instrumentalists, we will explore ways that we can keep our musical practice sustainable, healthy and joyful. From beginners to professionals, we all need healthy habits in this regard. The tuition is split between a professional flautist and an Alexander Technique practitioner. Tutors: Lindsey Fillingham and Brita Forsstrom.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £59.00

  13. Acting Diploma (Level 3)

    Evening
    Course Date: Sat 9 Jan 2021
    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. You will work towards a Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts awarded by OCN London.

    The course fee is £2225, plus an upfront fee of £275 payable at the time of your enrolment.

    If you are unable to pay the course fee upfront, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to help cover the cost. The Advanced Learning Loan is written off on completion of a Higher Education degree course. You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan www.citylit.ac.uk/advanced-learner-loans

    If you are unable to pay the upfront fee, you can talk to our Information, Advice and Guidance team who will advise you on other financial support available. You can contact the Advice and Guidance Team by phone on 020 7492 2500 or by email: advice@citylit.ac.uk

    For more information, please call Drama, dance and speech on 020 7492 2542.

    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: £2,500.00
    Senior fee: £2,500.00
    Concession: £2,500.00

  14. Prepare for opera

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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

  15. Choral singing for pleasure

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, this online 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 early booking is essential.

    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: £111.00
    Concession: £80.00

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