Paiste Artist Since
London West End Shows
Allan is one of London’s busiest and most versatile drummers - from jazz to rock to orchestra to educational, Allan’s Paiste cymbals fit the bill. He has worked on many shows in London’s West End in addition to touring both nationally and internationally. Major productions include the acclaimed Donmar Warehouse productions of Company, City of Angels and Sweet Charity, and live TV and global cinema broadcasts of both The Rocky Horror Show and Monty Python Live at the O2, also now available on DVD. He also worked on 50 Years at the National, another live TV show and DVD recording. Numerous other highlights in an extensive career include, among others, Chicago (Adelphi), West Side Story (50th Anniversary Tour), Follies (Royal Albert Hall), Sinatra (London Palladium), Kiss Me, Kate (Victora Palace), Guys & Dolls (Savoy), Porgy & Bess (Savoy), Mamma Mia! (Finland, Israel, China, Hungary & Switzerland), Wicked (Victoria Apollo) and three productions of Strictly Gershwin with English National Ballet on tour and at the Royal Albert Hall. In 2016 Pantomime returned to the London Palladium and Allan has worked on this show annually, productions including Cinderella, Dick Whittington, Snow White and Goldilocks. He works with many major orchestras including the LSO, RPO, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Radio Orchestra, Danish Radio Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, English National Ballet, BBC Big Band and the Danish Radio Big Band in Copenhagen. Allan has always had a keen interest in education and has an extensive private teaching practise.
Sound character: Soft, warm, sweet, airy. Medium range, fairly complex mix. Fine, buttery feel. Silky, silvery ping over warm, mellow wash. Musical, gracious bell. Easily transcends Jazz and finds broad musical application wherever refined articulation and cultured style are required.
Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19", 20"
Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky. Medium wide range, complex mix. Buttery, soft feel with quick response. Rich, dark, mystical crash sound with tender clarity. Extremely lively cymbal for broad accents and crashes in intimate to semi-loud settings. Well suited for delicate ride patterns or mallet swells. «For those guys who really appreciate just having a cymbal that can do everything, the larger Dark Crashes can do anything. Very crash-able, and if you want to ride on them, they will give you all the ride patterns in the world.» - Gregory Hutchinson
Sizes: 14", 15"
Sound character: Dark, full, soft, multi-layered. Medium wide range, complex mix. Soft, responsive feel. Velvety sizzling open sound. Rich, dark chick sound. A sensitive hi-hat perfectly suited for light to medium heavy use within Jazz, Blues, Country and other acoustic music styles.