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. Mixing and music production workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 23 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    An intensive workshop on the stages involved in achieving a professional sounding mix. Ideal for those with some mixing experience who would like to identify existing weaknesses, improve their skills and learn new techniques.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  2. Viola workshop

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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!

    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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  3. Music history book club

    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biography with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book; Music Ho! (Constant Lambert).

    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

  4. Great works: Ravel's Boléro

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the ideas behind one of the most famous works of the twentieth century, and some of its many interpretations. Be entranced anew by this hypnotic work.

    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: £18.00

  5. Actors: how to earn a living

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course covers a range of essential skills that all performers need to know in order to establish themselves in the industry.Taught by a theatre producer, this course covers a range of essential skills, from how to get more work through networking to managing your taxes.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  6. Acting: Shakespeare

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create vivid performances that are both true to life and true to Shakespeare’s language as you rehearse from one of Shakespeare's plays under the guidance of an experienced director. These classes are part of the Actors in Training programme - a collection of short courses designed to offer flexible and intensive training for the developing actor. They are also suitable for professionals wanting to augment existing skills. Thursdays 18:15 - 21:15, 15 April - 6 May, plus Sunday 9 May 10:00 - 17:00.

    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £179.00

  7. Great works: Dvorák's Symphony No 8

    New
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    We may consider Antonín Dvorák to be one of the greatest Czech composers of the nineteenth century – but then why was the sunny Eighth Symphony published, and given some of its earliest performances, in England? We explore this grand work, written at the height of Dvorák’s fame, and his fruitful relationship with the British musical world.

    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

  8. String Easter school

    String Easter school

    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn technique, repertoire and ensemble skills for all orchestral strings. Develop your confidence and make new string friends. For players at grade 3 or above.

    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: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  9. Self-presentation skills for business people

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your effectiveness as a communicator on this fun but intensive Saturday workshop. You'll learn powerful self- presentation techniques and life skills from a Voice specialist and Body Language expert.

    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  10. Audition technique

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Work on your audition repertoire to build a solid base of audition pieces. This class is part of the Actors in Training programme, a collection of short courses designed to offer flexible and intensive training for the developing actor or professionals wanting to hone existing skills.

    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: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £169.00

  11. Topics in Medieval music

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Study Western music written during the middle ages. Beginning with the fall of the western Roman Empire in the 5th century and ending in the early 15th century, we'll explore music for church, banquet and dance. Break weeks: 3rd & 31st May 2021 (Bank holidays).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  12. Opera studies 3: operas in production

    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Take a look at operas coming up in the 2020-21 season, and at standard operatic repertoire. Discuss their composition, context, controversies and style, and then hear the story of the opera through musical examples. Break weeks: 3rd & 31st May 2021 (Bank holidays).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  13. Music theory: counterpoint 3

    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the art of counterpoint, a musical technique in which two or more melodies are combined to create a highly engaging musical texture. Through analysis and practical exercises, you'll learn to write effective counterpoint in a variety of stylistic contexts. Break weeks 3rd and 31st May 2021 (Bank Holidays).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  14. Music theory: diploma topics 3

    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Consolidate your knowledge of music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Exam technique and preparation. This course has three scheduled break weeks: 3rd, 17th and 31st May (includes Bank holidays).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  15. Musicianship 2: aural training with solfa C

    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This practical course focuses on sight-singing, putting the musical experience at the heart of learning. Gain a better understanding of musical concepts and develop your musicianship. Based on the famous Kodály method. Break weeks 3rd and 31st May (Bank holidays).

    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: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

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