Music decks

Join us for DJ and Music Production Classes in your area!

We are delighted to announce free opportunities to attend DJ and Music Production classes across Essex!

As part of the Essex Year of Numbers, we are offering sessions in Youth Centres for you to get hands-on experience of DJ decks and develop your understanding of the music industry.

You will be able to create tracks and then understand how to make money from them. DJ Shy Cookie will lead the sessions and share his experience as a professional DJ and music producer.

Please register your interest in advance by clicking here.





Who is DJ Shy Cookie?

Alex, aka DJ Shy Cookie, is a DJ and producer from London, and works as a tutor with Essex Music Service. Shy Cookie’s relationship with UK Garage stretches back over two decades. Thrust from college into the studio aged 17, after DJ Luck heard him play his first dubplate on Lush FM (Luck’s station), he ended up producing for DJ Luck and MC Neat for over 15 years. Cookie continues to produce his own House and Garage music for his label “Audio Intuition”. His latest project is as a producer with “The House & Garage Orchestra”, a collective playing reworkings of old classics alongside a live orchestra.


We are proud to have a number of leading and high-achieving top-level ensembles offering opportunities for young musicians in Essex including:

Essex Youth Orchestra
Essex Youth Choir
Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra
Essex Youth Symphonic Wind Orchestra
Essex Youth Brass Ensemble

This doesn’t happen by accident – we also run a number of starter ensembles in our community music venues as well as intermediate ensembles including our Essex Young People’s Orchestra to bring together young people together in making music with each other.

If you have a young person in your setting who would benefit from joining such an ensemble, please contact Beverley Heard, Music Ensembles Lead Officer, telephone 0333 013 8953 or email: