Alfred Deahl et al. in Grand Theatre, Southampton - between at the end of the 1910's and the 1920's

from Interview with Alfred Deahl:

I always remember, it used to be in this theatre, the old Grand Theatre, Southampton, so bloody cold in winter.  And I always remember when the grand operas came round, their conductor – generally a German, foreigner – and we were playing, rehearsing Lohengrin, and it starts off with the strings playing all harmonics, which is played by the finger resting lightly on the string in the exact position to produce a note.  …   more >>

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Interview with Alfred Deahl. In Private family collection. accessed: 26 May, 2024 (Original audio cassette in private family collection, used by permission of Alfred Deahl's daughter, Dr Paula James.)

location of experience: Grand Theatre, Southampton


Alfred Deahl
engineering draughtsman, shipbuilding draughtsman, Violinist

Listening to

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Overture to Lohengrin
written by Richard Wagner
performed by the orchestra of the Grand Theatre Southampton

Experience Information

Date/Time between at the end of the 1910's and the 1920's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Paula James interviewed her father, Alfred Deahl, on 3 July 1994. She encouraged him to reminisce about his childhood visits to Southampton music halls and theatres, and his work as a young man playing the violin for Southampton theatres and silent cinema, and on board cruise ships. The above listening experience has been transcribed from the audio recording. Further information about the Grand Theatre, Southampton, can be found at

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 02 Aug 2019 14:57:05 +0100
Approved on Fri, 24 Jul 2020 15:11:34 +0100