Performing Arts Courses & Classes in London

From acting classes to a full range of music courses, comedy to dance, enjoy a performing arts course at City Lit in the evenings, daytimes or at weekends. We offer a range of fantastic dance classes from contemporary dance, tap dance to belly dancing classes plus voice, speech and communication courses to improve your vocal delivery and communication. We're in the centre of London with excellent facilities and expert tutors who are brilliant at communicating their enthusiasm. What will you choose?

Got a question? For music courses call 020 7492 2630 and for drama, dance and speech courses call 020 7492 2542.

Get in touch on 020 7831 7831 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm. 

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  1. Use your voice assertively

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to sound more confident, grounded, self-assured and assertive? Improve your vocal skills through a series of exercises that will support you to become more vocally confident, expressive and dynamic without appearing arrogant.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  2. Music theory: grade 7

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    Learn more complex elements of music: figured bass, melodic and harmonic decoration, writing for instrument or voice with given accompaniment, and score analysis of harmonic and phrase structure, style, performance and directions. NB: this course has scheduled breaks on 30th Sept, 14th & 21st Oct and breaks for Christmas on 16th Dec returning on 13th January.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  3. Prepare for opera

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £269.00
    Concession: £164.00

  4. Folk and pop guitar 3A

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you're an experienced player, come and develop your rhythmic playing and your interpretation of chord charts using bar chords, mobile scales, bass lines and melody work. Vast and varied repertoire. Playing techniques can apply to acoustic and electric guitars.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  5. Comedy: sketch writing and performing for TV

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to write and perform comedy for stage and television. Find new inspiration to get your ideas flowing under the guidance of a multi-award-winning director and producer. Tutor: Alan Nixon.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  6. Music in wartime 1: London during World War II

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and learn about the rich variety of musical initiatives that were put into place during the Second World War. From the famous National Gallery concerts to the continuation of the Proms – and plenty of non-classical music besides – the scene remained remarkably lively despite the danger at hand. Tutor: Dr Katy Hamilton [external website]

    This course has a scheduled break week: 22nd October 2019.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  7. Violin and viola 1A

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the basics of playing violin or viola in a friendly environment, using a range of fun music. Suitable for complete beginners. Continues to Violin and viola 1B next term.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  8. Classical guitar 3A

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For graduates of the intermediate course, and other experienced classical guitar players. This class will work on scales and arpeggios at grade 6, and fingerstyle versions of Baroque, Latin and popular music. tutor : Tony Rowden.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  9. Cello workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  10. Sing jazz 3

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For singers who have completed a level 2 course in jazz singing, or who have equivalent experience and ability in the jazz idiom. Develop your jazz conception, solo performance and expand your repertoire.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00

  11. Acting: beginners (intensive)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course designed for people with little or no experience. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and exciting environment.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  12. Chamber music 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    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 contact the Music department to enrol.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  13. Directing theatre: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  14. Acting advanced: the whole play

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Work on scenes to performance level and gain confidence while exploring active ways into character. During these fun, intensive and challenging sessions you will focus on advancing your character building skills and techniques as you create your unique interpretation of character from first cold read to performance.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  15. Ballet at the barre

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The work you do at the ballet barre is the foundation for all the other work you do as a dancer. Improve your strength, balance and coordination. Not suitable for complete beginners.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

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