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. Folk and pop guitar 1C

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    For players who have learned a range of basic chords and can strum reliably, this 3rd term of study will teach you new technique and challenging songs. Live classes online. Tutor : David Harrison.

    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

  2. Classical guitar 3C

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    For experienced classical guitar players. Practise scales and arpeggios at grade 7 and 8, and fingerstyle versions of Baroque, Latin and popular music. Live classes online. tutor : Tony Rowden.

    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

  3. Fin-de-siècle Vienna

    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Vienna in the late 19th and early 20th centuries acted as a musical magnet, attracting to it composers as diverse as Mahler, Schoenberg and Richard Strauss. Join us as we explore the music of those who were living and working in Vienna at this time, and the ideas that influenced them.

    No previous knowledge necessary. Scheduled break week: 01 June 2021.

    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

  4. Robert Schumann in focus

    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    We follow the turbulent career of failed pianist and idiosyncratic composer, Robert Schumann – from his early piano and vocal compositions to later orchestral and chamber works, and even a full-scale opera. Scheduled break week 01 Jun 2021.

    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

  5. Comedy: creating and performing narrative comedy

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to write comedy scripts and uncover the craft behind narrative comedy such as Frasier, Fleabag, and This Country and the classic sitcom. Under the guidance of a multi-award winning comedy Director and Producer, you will create new ideas, and formats for your projects. Explore classics and new forms of narrative comedy - by identifying key techniques behind their success – on television and online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  6. Singing1B

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Start singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building, live, online course. Each term will introduce you to healthy voice-use and basic musicianship through a selection of songs from a variety of genres. Break weeks: 4th May and 1st June 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  7. Piano/keyboards 2C

    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Move beyond grade 1 piano repertoire and develop your technique and fluency. The repertoire in this module will encompass more complex rhythm patterns and scales from the grade 2 syllabus. This is an online course, please see below for details.

    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

  8. Method acting

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Gain the ability to immerse yourself in simple acting exercises that will enable you to live truthfully and unselfconsciously while performing. Learn how to use your own life experience to draw on for your acting work.

    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: £81.00

  9. Violin and viola advanced: workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    For violin or viola players with at least five years’ experience on your instrument. Enjoy working as a group with the tutor whilst learning classical repertoire, supported by technical studies. break week: 1 June 2021.

    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

  10. Cello advanced workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    For students who have been playing for at least four years and are at around grade 5 standard. You will be encouraged to play in all clefs regularly and be comfortable in positions including thumb position. This course is offered every term.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  11. English pronunciation: stage 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you a non-native fluent speaker who wants to improve your pronunciation of English? Work on correct formation of vowel and consonant sounds including the English neutral vowel and the distinction between voiced and unvoiced sounds.

    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: £199.00
    Concession: £135.00

  12. English pronunciation: stage 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    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 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: £199.00
    Concession: £135.00

  13. Dance 60+

    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Online and interactive this weekly dance and movement class improves mobility, posture, balance and coordination. Our aim is to inspire older men and women to get creative with dance and movement.

    We have changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus update and moved this course online.

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    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  14. Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: intermediate

    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This is the 3rd term of this jazz musicianship course. Practise ear training, study jazz harmony, and learn challenging repertoire in live online sessions. For players with established jazz education at intermediate level. New students may apply by writing to music@citylit.ac.uk. tutor : Cerys Hogg.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £255.00
    Concession: £195.00

  15. Flamenco: intermediate

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

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