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.

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. English pronunciation: stage 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Designed for people who have completed ‘English Pronunciation: stage 1’ although new students with sufficient skills can join. Develop fluency and clarity, explore diphthongs and triphthongs, inflexion and the rhythms of Standard English. This term the course will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £135.00

  2. Directing theatre: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the practical elements of directing for the theatre, working on text analysis and beginning to build your director’s toolkit. Learn to motivate actors and create believable, engaging performances as you explore a range of modern texts. You will also act in some scenes. No acting experience necessary.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  3. Radio presenting: beginners

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    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 online.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00

  4. Choral music from Handel to Weir

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course traces the role of choral singing and composition from that master of oratorio, George Frideric Handel, through the centuries to the choirs of today and how composers write for them. This course has a scheduled break week: 27 October 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  5. Flamenco: intermediate

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course is online and interactive. Learn from the comfort of your own home in this fun, dynamic and intensive course. We will continue developing and perfecting your Flamenco dance technique. We will work on rhythm, style, range and variety of steps and combinations, which will lead to enhanced confidence, stamina and performance skills.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  6. Piano workshop 3

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    If you play piano at around grade 3 standard, join one of our workshops to develop your technique and musicianship while building up your repertoire of pieces. This is an online course, please see below for details.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  7. Piano workshop 8

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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: 27 Oct 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £146.00

  8. Silver Swans ballet class

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Silver Swans® classes have been specifically designed for the over-55s. If you are looking for a new way to keep fit and active, Swans ballet classes will put a spring in your step, whether you’ve never danced before or want to reboot your ballet skills. Classes focus on building the core technical principles and learning specially adapted repertoire from the popular ballets.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  9. Cello workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This online course is for players who 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.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  10. Folk and pop guitar 1A

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn about tuning your instrument, strumming and picking, simple chords for pop songs, scales and chord symbols on this starter course. Use an acoustic guitar.for these online sessions.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  11. World music: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore a range of musical traditions from around the world: Indian raga and Bollywood; Ghanaian and South African grooves; Ottoman makam and Klezmer; Samba and Salsa. Listen for characteristic features and learn about the cultural settings in which they are produced. break week: Tues 27 October 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  12. Piano/keyboards 1B

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    A near-beginners’ course for pianists. If you have completed Piano/keyboards 1A or and have basic keyboard and music reading skills in C position, this course will introduce you to more notes. This is an online course, please see below for details.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  13. Singing 4A

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    The third year of our classical singing programme online: combine technical skills and repertoire to explore your understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. Apply your skills to more complex and challenging repertoire.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  14. Singing 2A

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This is the first term of our solo-singing programme online. Suitable for singers of all styles of music, taught by a classically trained teacher. Gain a fundamental grasp of healthy vocal technique and an understanding of the work involved to progress as a singer.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  15. Sing jazz: advanced

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    For vocalists with a sound technique and experience of jazz and Latin styles. Develop your solo performance and expand your repertoire. Challenging repertoire and vocalese will be taught in these online sessions, and you will be invited to contribute repertoire of your choice. tutor : Clare Foster.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £134.00

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