Born in April 1958 in London, Allan grew up in a with a broad musical background provided by a music loving family – provoking memories of Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, The Beatles and the The Rolling Stones – his love of different musical styles was clearly kindled at an early age. This was the beginning of a life long love affair with music, drums and drumming that continues to this day. His musical versatility has endeared him, both on record and/or in concert, to a wide variety of artists such as Smokey Robinson, Randy Crawford, Cleo Laine, The Four Tops, The Drifters, The Temptations, The Three Degrees, Hot Chocolate, Maria Muldaur, Sacha Distel, Lulu, Sir Cliff Richard, Johnny Cash, Victor Borge, Cybil Sheppard, David Soul, Scott Walker, Ute Lemper, Jerry Lewis, Maria Friedman, Dame Shirley Bassey, Barbara Cooke and Chita Rivera., TV credits include Top of the Pops, London Tonight, The Generation Game, Comic Relief, Playschool, Open House, Children in Need and The Royal Variety Performance. He has worked with The London Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The BBC Radio Orchestra, The BBC Big Band, The BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra, The Danish Radio Orchestra, The Danish Radio Big Band, Welsh National Opera and The English National Ballet. Musical theatre has been a big part of Allan’s working life and for over 25 years he has anchored many of the biggest shows both in London and around the world, both as the principal player and as a valued deputy. Productions include Evita (London), Cats (London) 42nd Street (London), Chess (London), Jesus Christ Superstar (London), Grease (London), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (London), Beauty and the Beast (London), Company (London), Damn Yankees (London), Chicago (London & Lebanon), Witches of Eastwick (London), Bombay Dreams (London), Anything Goes (London), Sinatra (London), Porgy & Bess (London), Mamma Mia (Finland, Israel, China, Switzerland and Hungary), Strictly Gershwin (London) and West Side Story (London). Allan’s influences have been many and varied – originally inspired by drummers such as Warren ‘Baby’ Dodds, Chick Webb and Buddy Rich, through to contemporary masters like Jeff Porcaro, Steve Gadd, Rick Marrota, Jack DeJohnette, Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton, Levon Helm, Steve Jordan, Joey Baron, Brian Blade, Bill Stewart, just to name a few more – you begin to get an idea of the broad range of influences on his playing. Allan has also studied extensively with Canadian drum teacher Jim Blackley in Toronto. Jim’s influence, both musical and spiritual, has been profound and inspiring, opening up a thoroughly natural, musical and intuitive way of exploring music which Allan is now passing on to his students. He is also the creator and producer of an educational CD called “Meet the Bass Player” which, since it’s release in 2005, has been received with much acclaim and endorsed by many of the top drummers and educators across the globe.