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. Music theory: grade 7
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn more complex elements of music: figured bass, melodic and harmonic decoration, writing for instrument or voice with given accompaniment, and score analysis of harmonic and phrase structure, style, performance and directions. NB: this course has scheduled breaks on both May bank holidays (3rd & 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 £299.00 Senior fee £299.00 Concession £182.00
  2. Opera studies 3: operas in production
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Take a look at operas coming up in the 2020-21 season, and at standard operatic repertoire. Discuss their composition, context, controversies and style, and then hear the story of the opera through musical examples. 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 £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  3. Advanced singing repertoire workshop
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the rich repertoire of classical song and operatic arias to improve your expressive and communicative skills in singing. This workshop is for experienced classical singers (at least five years' tuition). Break weeks: 3rd and 31st May (Bank holiday).

    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
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  4. Great string quartets
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    String quartets developed new musical forms and ensured success for many composers, whilst allowing an intimate conversation with their audiences. We trace the quartets of the masters from Haydn and Mozart to Shostakovich and beyond. 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 £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  5. Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: intermediate
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    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.

    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
  6. 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
  7. Piano workshop 3
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    If you play piano at around grade 3 standard, join one of our online workshops to develop your technique and musicianship while building up your repertoire of pieces.

    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 £183.00 Concession £140.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  8. Piano workshop 8
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    If you play piano at around grade 8 standard, join one of these online workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide repertoire, learning to make your own stylistic and interpretive decision under your tutor's guidance. Break week 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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  9. British folk music: a rough guide
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the recent history of British folk music and discuss some of the key performing artists on this overview course. This course has a scheduled break week: 8 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 £209.00 Concession £127.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  10. Singing 1B
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    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
  11. Advanced singing workshop
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    A dynamic and invigorating online masterclass for experienced singers (at least five years' one-to-one lessons)

    where you can hone your performance skills ready for recital and stage.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  12. Character voice for animation, stage and screen: level 1
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Character voices aren’t just for cartoons. Learn the tools and techniques you need to create new and unique character voices or to accurately imitate a historical or contemporary voice for animation, stage and screen. This course will be online.

    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  13. A history of piano music 1860-1950
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Trace the development of piano repertoire and pianistic technique from the 1860s to the mid twentieth century. This course will include aspects of history, style, genre and function through guided listening and score reading. Break week: 02 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
  14. Sing music theatre workshop
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    This online course explores music theatre singing. Grow your knowledge of the repertoire. Suitable for singers and actors wanting to improve their singing technique. Be guided through the basics to find the right singing qualities for this repertoire.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £164.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  15. British music since 1900
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    A guide to British art music in the 20th and 21st centuries – a unique story the combines homegrown Victorian, Tudor and folk roots with influences from European modernism and American experimentalism over the past 120 years. Scheduled break week: 02 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

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