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 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. Mixing and music production techniques
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Ideal if you know the basics but want your music to sound more polished and professional. Tips and tricks for mixing, using compressors, limiters, EQ, reverb and other devices. Examples will be given in a variety of software on Mac computers, although the course is equally suitable for users of other systems.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00
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  2. Speak Shakespeare monologues and scenes: Richard III
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vernon Thompson
    Whether you are preparing a Shakespearean monologue for audition or simply have an interest in their structure, rhythm and poetry, this course enables you to work on and speak monologues from the Histories with confidence. We focus on the study of Richard III monologues and duologues; we hope there will be a chance to make a visit offsite to Lincoln's Inn Library where Shakespeare's 2nd Folio is preserved. The course is in the college.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
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  3. Amy Beach: an introduction
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton




    In the last few decades of the nineteenth century, as American composers were starting to determine their own nationalist approach to art music, the brilliant pianist and composer Amy Beach was a hugely popular figure in US musical life – in defiance of her family and husband. Come and learn about this symphonist who offered her own ‘reply’ to Dvorák’s Symphony ‘From the New World’.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
  4. World music mix: rhythm driven tunes from Brazil, Cuba, Ghana and Senegal
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    Learn to play tunes from several traditions and two continents, working with complex rhythms in related and contrasting ways. There is a musical narrative that begins in Africa, travels to the Caribbean and South America, then back to Africa, carrying musical styles and rhythmic patterns. We will explore samples of this rhythmic timeline in this instrumental ensemble class.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £90.00
  5. Sampling, beat-making and synth programming
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Learn to create your own more original tracks by manipulating samples, beats and synth sounds to individualise your sound.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00
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  6. TV presenting for beginners (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gary Grant
    Have you ever thought you could cut it as a TV presenter, but been unsure where to start? Discover your TV presenting potential. Learn how to present to camera, read autocue, memorise a piece to camera, interview and talk to time. All this in one weekend!
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £111.00
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  7. The holistic voice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    Your voice should be an extension of your character. This Saturday workshop offers accessible and empowering mind-body techniques to deepen your awareness and holistic connection to your voice so that the message you give out is true to your intention.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
  8. Narration skills: intensive
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dian Perry
    A fun and intensive workshop all about the incredible world of narration. This enormous and lucrative area of the voiceover world includes e-learning, documentaries, audio books, medical/technical narration, explainer videos and more. You’ll learn how to deliver great reads from the inside out. It’s not just about the sound of your voice! This course will be delivered in the media studio.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £97.00
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  9. Viola workshop
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 2 Apr 2023

    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
  10. Great works: The Beggar's Opera
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Was this the first musical? Using popular song and opera tunes of the day, new satirical words poked fun at serious opera in this everyday tale of skulduggery among the criminal classes, with a charismatic but murderous hero.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  11. Music history book club
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    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 novel about Handel.



    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 £19.00 Concession £19.00
  12. Great works: Brahms's Clarinet Quintet
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    Explore this much-loved work by Brahms and learn about the performer and the instrument it was originally written for.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  13. Great works: Allegri's Miserere
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    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 £29.00
  14. Great works: Grieg's Piano Concerto
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    Grieg was just 24 years old when he wrote this, one of his best-loved works. We explore its genesis, early performances, and why it has remained such a popular work within the vast repertoire of nineteenth-century piano concertos.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  15. Orchestra workshop
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Apr 2023 (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 £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £58.00
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