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. City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift
    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at City Lit. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
    From £10.00
  2. 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
  3. Screen acting: taster
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore your on screen potential in this screen acting taster course. This course is suitable for both those new to screen-acting or for more experienced and advanced students who can experience the incredible value of working in an online environment to enhance their development.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  4. Singing online (mixed levels): taster
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Singers - would you like to like to know more about how a singing class can work on zoom? This fun, interactive, mixed ability taster for singers will give you a chance to find out before committing to a longer course. We will also help you identify which class is the right level for you.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  5. Music theory: score reading taster
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn to navigate a music score and analyse basic structures in Western staff notation for students of grade 5+ ABRSM exams.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  6. Great works: Dvorák's Symphony No 8
    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
  7. Extended techniques for flautists: taster
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    A fun and practical online introductory workshop for flautists to explore the weird and wonderful ‘extended’ sounds and techniques of contemporary flute music. We will try out new techniques and learn how these can enhance our general flute playing.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  8. Singing online (beginners): taster
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Would you like to like to join a singing class but are not sure what is involved and how a singing class can work online? This fun and interactive taster for complete beginners will give you a chance to find out before committing to a longer course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  9. Recorders online: taster
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Rediscover the joy of playing recorders, and learn how a recorder class works online. Not suitable for complete beginners on the instrument, but ideal for those new to online learning.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  10. Sing jazz
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 30 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn essential tools to sing jazz, including what to listen for in the piano accompaniment and the importance of pulse, groove and vocal technique. This day is for singers with musical experience who are new to the jazz idiom.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £24.00
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  11. Dido and Aeneas: from Virgil to Purcell
    Course Date: Wed 23 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore Purcell’s ever-popular opera from Virgil’s original tale to Nahum Tate’s English libretto, and discover key features of Purcell’s musical language.

    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
  12. Agrippina: from Roman history to Handel opera
    Course Date: Thu 24 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore Handel’s first major operatic success – Agrippina – and the historical background to this legendary operatic figure.

    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
  13. Music history book club
    Course Date: Mon 5 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    The music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biographies with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book: An Equal Music (Vikram Seth).

    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
  14. Great works: Vivaldi's Four Seasons
    Course Date: Thu 8 Jul 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore Vivaldi’s most famous concertos and discover the stories behind these works whilst learning to recognize key features of the baroque style.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £24.00
  15. 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

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