Performing arts

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)danceradio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as pianosingingstrings and wind instruments to jazz and popmusic technologymusic 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. Comedy: sketch writing and performing (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Course times Sat: 10:30-13:30, Sun 14:00-17:00

    Learn how to create, write, and perform comedy material for stage and TV and online. Working under the guidance of an Emmy award winning comedy producer / director you will gain insights into the craft behind successful comedy. This course is for complete beginners but is also ideal for those looking to brush up their comedy skills.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
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  2. Core energetics
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop a deeper connection to your voice and body by removing blocks through unique play and movement exercises. Free up impulses that lie hidden and unexpressed and unleash your own unique power and creativity.

    You can expect a creative, immersive experience that will deepen inner growth, creating consciousness about yourself, and the way you relate to others. This is a workshop held over two Saturdays in the summer.

    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 £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
  3. Ukulele summer school
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Ensemble ukulele with individual parts. For experienced players, preferably who read tablature. A challenge, but the music/repertoire will be tailored to various abilities. Live sessions online that can include practice in pairs and trios.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
  4. Swing jazz rhythm notation
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A single session 'clinic' that aims to help you hear and steer in jazz swing feel. Students must be accustomed to playing jazz.

    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. Sing pop and jazz
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Meet the challenge of singing in contemporary styles. Enjoy learning jazz and pop repertoire, with guidance from a teacher and performer. You need to be able to sing in time and in tune to benefit from this introductory course. Live sessions online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
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  6. Classical acting
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Broaden your skills and discover the freedom to act with classical text in a safe and fun environment. Gain the confidence to build truthful characters through various practical exercises and scene work.

    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
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  7. Learn to read music
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn how to understand the notation of pitch, metre and rhythm. An introduction for absolute beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
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  8. Musicianship 2: ear training
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enhance your aural awareness and improve your recognition and response to music in practice. In live online sessions we will sing intervals, scales and harmonies, and set routines for you to practise. Some music theory included.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
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  9. Great artists: Pauline Viardot
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Celebrated mezzo-soprano Pauline Viardot was born in 1821 into a singing dynasty. Many composers wrote for her. She composed herself, becoming central to music in France, and leaving a remarkable and enduring legacy.

    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
  10. Ballet: technique and repertoire
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This is a great opportunity to learn sections of repertoire from a well-known classical ballet. These will be group or solo dances, including some mime sequences. As preparation, a condensed ballet class will be offered, focussing on technical aspects that will occur in our repertoire section. The course, spread over four sessions, is suitable for beginners and improvers.

    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 £115.00 Senior fee £115.00 Concession £78.00
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  11. Folk and pop guitar taster
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the essential chords that will begin your guitar career, and develop the motor skill to strum pop songs. Please have an acoustic guitar for this online session.

    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 £19.00 Concession £12.00
  12. Songwriting: form and function
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your ability to make songs through practical exercises. In these online sessions we will examine well known songs from pop, rock and jazz in order to understand their chord progressions, accompaniment, bass lines and rhythm. Ideal for players and singers with a good working knowledge of harmony.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £66.00
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  13. String ensemble: summer season
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to play in an ensemble in a fun and stimulating environment. For players of violin, viola, cello and double bass playing at level equivalent to grades 2 - 4.

    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
  14. Ballet intensive
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    An intensive course that will help adult ballet students not only to watch ballet repertoire but to actively take part in it.You will be able to transfer movements from your ballet class directly into ballet choreography. The choreography will be part of a well known narrative ballet and will have a storyline that you as a dancer can understand. A fun, relaxed yet challenging course which culminates in a small work-in-progress showing on the last day.

    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 £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £67.00
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  15. Jazz harmony: introduction
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you have a good understanding of triad harmony, these online sessions will introduce you to the jazz idiom and jazz musicianship. Some playing included.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00

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