Performing Arts Courses & Classes in London

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, dance and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as piano and singing.

You can now study in the comfort of your home with our online courses. To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

Our courses are labelled clearly for beginners or those with previous experience and you can speak to a specialist tutor in advance to help you choose the right level should you require help and advice.

Would you like some help or advice?

For music courses call 020 7492 2630 or email music@citylit.ac.uk. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.

For drama, dance and speech courses call 020 7492 2542 or email drama@citylit.ac.uk.

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  1. City Lit wind ensemble

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the wonderful repertoire for mixed wind ensemble, developing your technical, musical and ensemble skills. You need to play an orchestral wind instrument at grade 5 standard or higher. Please contact the Music department to find out if there is a place for your instrument. Mid-term break: 26 May. Please click the Start Assessment button to apply to join this course.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  2. Music theory: grade 3

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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. - NB: This course has a break week on Tuesday 26th May 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  3. Violin and viola advanced workshop

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For violin or viola players with at least four years’ experience. Come and enjoy working as a group with the tutor whilst learning classical repertoire, supported by technical studies.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  4. Audition ready

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how an audition panel sees you in order to maximise your chances of success. You will work on your audition repertoire to build a solid base of classical and contemporary audition pieces.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  5. Jazz guitar 3

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have played jazz styles and are familiar with standard tunes, this course will develop your technical and musical skills in 'comping' and soloing. Repertoire will be published prior to the start of the course.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  6. Directing theatre: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Broaden your skills and explore your director's voice in greater depth. Work on various modern and classical pieces, and select your own material.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  7. Dance 60+

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join our weekly dance and movement classes to improve mobility, posture, balance and coordination. Our aim is to inspire older men and women to get creative with dance and movement.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Exploring classical music: module 3

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores the 19th century to the present. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. This course has a scheduled break week: 26th May 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  9. Musicianship 2: rhythm

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Supplement your instrumental or vocal study and improve your musical timekeeping. You will play in class, reading and writing rhythms, and work by ear. This essential class will suit players and singers equally.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Flamenco guitar

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you are an intermediate-level guitar player, come and learn authentic flamenco guitar in traditional and modern styles. Explore the techniques of picado, pulgar, alzapua and rasgueo, with rhythms, chords and scales. Learn to play a variety of 'falsetas' in the rhythm of soleo and bulerias. Please bring a nylon strung guitar.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  11. Jazz crooning

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Sing repertoire from the 1930s to the 1950s, as sung by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee and Julie London. Swing tunes, easy listening genre, Latin and blues orientated repertoire. You will be encouraged to perform a prepared song at the end of the course. tutor : Clare Foster.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  12. Piano workshop 8

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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: 26th May 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £146.00

  13. Cello workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have at least two years' playing experience on the cello (playing at grade 3 standard), come and develop your technique and musical skills through playing ensemble and solo repertoire. This course is offered every term.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  14. Dance 60+ performance

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Our aim is to inspire older men and women within the community to get creative through dance and movement, and to inspire others through performance. An ideal opportunity to flex both mind and body in this uplifting creative experience where you will get the chance to explore and discover your creative potential through dance and performance.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  15. Chamber music 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to play in small, mixed instrumental ensembles with one player per part. You will need to be at least Grade 3 standard and a confident music reader. Please click on the pink 'start your interview' button to apply for a place.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

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