Allan is a Percussionist and Associate Principal Timpanist with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra which plays for all the Opera and Ballet productions at the Sydney Opera House. In this role since 1986, he has worked closely with some of the worlds finest conductors and performed some fabulous repertoire for cymbals. Countless works from Britten, Puccini, Prokofiev and Stravinsky are highlights.
He has also played on numerous film soundtracks, worked with the Sydney Symphony, and was a timpanist/percussionist for Australian Idol for many years.
Allan taught percussion for more than 10 years at the university of NSW and has been on staff and a guest artist for numerous music camps and conferences.
In combination with his business, Optimum Percussion, Allan has run and developed the successful annual Australian Percussion Eisteddfod which is the largest showcase / competition for ensembles and percussionists in Australia.