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

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

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.

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  1. Screen acting: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 29 May 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Cavanah
    Build your confidence and strengthen your camera technique in this improvers class. Work towards creating more truthful screen performances.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £160.00
  2. Singing 1
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hakan Vramsmo
    Start singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building course. These classes will introduce you to healthy use of your singing voice and basic musicianship through a selection of songs from a variety of genres. Break week 28th October 2024.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £195.00
  3. Classical ballet: improvers
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Giovanna Lamboglia
    We will focus on developing ballet technique using barre, centre work and allegro exercises. Suitable for those who have completed at least one year of our beginner's ballet classes or equivalent and have a good grasp of the basic techniques and terminology.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £160.00
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  4. Choral singing for pleasure
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, this 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 booking early is essential. Break week 28th of Oct 2024.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £195.00
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  5. Stanislavski: beginners
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    Discover the system of realistic acting that most professional actors use today — the approach to training, characterisation and rehearsal technique developed by the legendary Konstantin Stanislavski.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £174.00
  6. Mozart: the early operas
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Explore Mozart’s operas from Bastien und Bastienne (1768) to Idomeneo, re di Creta (1780-81). Discover the stories and the music of these youthful works and learn about Mozart’s early biography. Break week: 28 Oct 2024.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £174.00
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  7. Piano/keyboards 5A
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    For pianists with around four years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music



    reading, and your confidence.



    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 £160.00
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  8. Singing 2
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Sep 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Penelope Homer
    Continue your singing journey and explore your voice in the second year of our training programme. These classes will further develop your singing voice and musicianship skills through a selection of technical exercises and songs from a variety of genres to suit all musical tastes. Break week 25th Oct 2023.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £181.00
  9. Music in France from Berlioz to Boulez
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edward Henderson
    Explore French art music from Berlioz to Boulez including familiar names like Debussy and Ravel and then explore modernist movements in France. NB: break week 29 October 2024.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £174.00
  10. Piano/keyboards 4B
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Sep 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andriana Minou
    For pianists with around three years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music



    reading, and your confidence.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £160.00
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  11. Recorder ensemble: advanced
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Caoimhe de Paor
    If you are already experienced in recorder ensemble playing, join this small, friendly group to look at developing consort playing skills in Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary styles. Break week: 30 Oct 2024.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £195.00
  12. Directing theatre: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Bowen
    Discover the practical elements of directing for the theatre, working on text analysis and beginning to build your director’s toolkit. Learn to motivate actors and create believable, engaging performances as you explore a range of modern texts.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £249.00 Concession £174.00
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  13. Screen acting: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Cavanah
    Work in a safe and supportive environment to learn skills and techniques to be able to act truthfully on camera. This is a practical course taught by a highly experienced screen actor.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £299.00 Concession £209.00
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  14. Singing 3
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trevor Alexander
    Develop your singing journey and explore your voice in the third year of our training programme. These classes will further advance your singing voice and musicianship skills through a selection of technical exercises and songs from a variety of genres to suit all musical tastes.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £181.00
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