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. Acting: Shakespeare
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Create vivid performances that are both true to life and true to Shakespeare’s language as you rehearse from one of Shakespeare's plays under the guidance of an experienced director.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £179.00
  2. Sing blues
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Enjoy this exploration of blues vocal style and extensive repertoire, old and contemporary. Live classes online. Includes the challenge of writing and singing your own blues.

    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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  3. Topics in Medieval music
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Study Western music written during the middle ages. Beginning with the fall of the western Roman Empire in the 5th century and ending in the early 15th century, we'll explore music for church, banquet and dance. Break weeks: 3rd & 31st May 2021 (Bank holidays).

    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
  4. Clarinet advanced workshop
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This online course is for students who have a minimum of four years' experience on clarinet (playing at grade 5 standard or above), come and work on both technique and solo repertoire and enjoy some group playing. Offered every term. break weeks: 3 & 31 May 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
  5. Music theory: counterpoint 3
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the art of counterpoint, a musical technique in which two or more melodies are combined to create a highly engaging musical texture. Through analysis and practical exercises, you'll learn to write effective counterpoint in a variety of stylistic contexts. Break weeks 3rd and 31st May 2021 (Bank Holidays).

    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
  6. Violin and viola 4C
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This online course is for students who have been learning for three to four years and are fluent in 1st and 3rd positions (grade 3-4). Study higher positions, vibrato and a variety of bow techniques. Break weeks; 3 & 31 May 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
  7. Singing 1C
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 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 music genres. tutor : Colette Meury.

    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
  8. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    A near-beginners’ course for pianists. If you have completed Piano/keyboards 1A or and have basic keyboard and music reading skills in C position, this course will introduce you to more notes. This is an online course, please see below for details. Break weeks: 3rd May and 31st May 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
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    100% of 100
  9. Musicianship 2: aural training with solfa C
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This practical course focuses on sight-singing, putting the musical experience at the heart of learning. Gain a better understanding of musical concepts and develop your musicianship. Based on the famous Kodály method. Break weeks 3rd and 31st May (Bank holidays).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  10. Accents: London, General American and British regional
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Expand your skillset as an actor or as someone with an interest in speech and phonetics by mastering regional and international accents, including London; General American; Northern Irish; South Wales and West Country.

    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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  11. Keyboard harmony and technique E
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    A practical workshop combining keyboard harmony and pianistic technique for classical pianists with a starting standard of grade 6. This advanced course is taught at the keyboard and takes a historical approach to harmony and technique. We discuss separate eras and their corresponding harmonic developments in each self-contained module, along with main points of evolution in pianistic technique.



    This term is centred on the harmonic practices of the Baroque period, in particular those found in the keyboard works of J.S. Bach, pointing out the links between his individual inventiveness and the developments in harmony and pianism. We shall broaden our understanding of Baroque piano repertoire and develop finger-dexterity through work on J.S. Bach’s keyboard works and relevant technical exercises. 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
  12. Choral singing for pleasure
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, this online choral class will give you something to look forward to on a Monday. We sing many genres from musical theatre to pop plus more traditional pieces. This course is very popular, so early booking is essential. Break weeks: 3rd May and 31st May 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £80.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  13. Screen acting: advanced
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This is a practical and intensive screen acting course, designed for students to learn how to create characters and be at their best when working within difficult and pressurised circumstances.

    The course is ideal for those who have studied the basics of screen acting and are planning to make the leap into finding work, also for those who have already broken into the industry but want to make sure they’re at their best when on set.

    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 £121.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  14. Radio presenting: beginners
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    What makes a good radio presenter? From getting the script off the page and ad-libbing to music presenting and news reading, develop an on-air identity, working as live ‘on mic’ each week. This course will be delivered online. NB: no classes on 3 May and 31 May due to Bank Holidays.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
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  15. Piano/keyboards 1F
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This is the final term of our beginners piano programme. For pianists who can play tunes and chords in simple keys, play legato and staccato and read music. This is an online course, please see below for details. Break weeks: 3rd May and 31st May 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

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