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. Beethoven for beginners

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ludwig van Beethoven’s music has come to stand for the greatest and best-known aspects of the Western classical tradition. But who was he? And what exactly did he do? Come and discover more about this most famous of Austro-German composers as we celebrate his 250th birthday in 2020. Tutor: Dr Katy Hamilton [external website]

    Ccheduled break week 26 May 2020.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  2. Fight the power: the 70s political soul renaissance

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    FIGHT THE POWER! Learn how the Civil Rights movement, Black Power and urban unrest sparked a renaissance in late 60s/1970s soul music, producing landmark work by Curtis Mayfield, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Gil Scott Heron. This course has a scheduled break: 26th May.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  3. Sing jazz 1

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn some standard repertoire and jazz protocol. Explore style, develop good timing and phrasing, breath control, extend your vocal range, and work with an accompanist. Not suitable for beginner singers.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  4. Violin and viola 1C

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (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 those who have been learning for at least two terms. Continues to Level 2.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  5. Piano/keyboards 3C

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Work on grade 3 standard repertoire to improve your hand coordination, musical phrasing, reading and finger technique, and improve your confidence. Taught in the digital piano classroom.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  6. Acting advanced: Shakespeare scene work

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Rehearse scenes and speeches from various Shakespeare's plays in this class suitable for all levels including those new to Shakespeare. Create vivid performances that are both true to life and true to Shakespeare’s language.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  7. Contemporary dance: advanced

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Push your physicality, stamina and strength through technical exercises, dynamic travelling and fluid phrases. Be challenged mentally and physically, take risks and work with full body awareness. This class is appropriate for people who have lots of experience in Contemporary dance and are confident with floor work.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00

  8. Folk and pop guitar 3C

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  9. Classical guitar 3C

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For graduates of modules 1 and 2, and other experienced classical guitar players. Practise scales and arpeggios at grade 7 and 8, and fingerstyle versions of Baroque, Latin and popular music. tutor : Tony Rowden.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  10. Radio presenting: improvers

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Extend and develop your skills for a range of radio broadcasts, putting a live news, current affairs, features and music programme to air, creating the content yourselves. You'll need to have taken the Beginners’ course or have previous industry experience.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00

  11. Comedy: sketch writing and performing for TV and digital

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to write and perform sketch comedy for stage and small screen. Pick up tricks of the

    trade under the guidance of a multi-award-winning comedy producer / director. Sketches, monologues,

    and quick-fire comedy techniques are put under the microscope. Tutor: Alan Nixon.

    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: £169.00

  12. Singing 2C

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The final term of the first year of our solo singing programme. Suitable for singers of all styles of music and 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.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  13. Singing 4C

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The third year of our classical singing programme: combine technical skills and repertoire to explore your understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. Apply your skills to more complex and challenging repertoire. Break week: 26 May 2020.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  14. Piano workshop 3

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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 course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  15. Haydn and London: a profitable partnership

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    In 1791, at the peak of his compositional powers, Haydn arrived in London, the musical capital of Europe. Come and explore the impact that the city and the composer had on each other using the music that Haydn wrote to mark his arrival. No previous knowledge necessary. Scheduled break week: 26 May 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

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