Alfred Deahl in Kingsland Cinema, Southampton - between the 1910's and 20th Century

from Interview with Alfred Deahl:

[Alfred Deahl reminisces about his sister Irene, who was a fine pianist and musical director at the Kingsland Cinema in Southampton] 

Alfred Deahl: [S]he was a fine musician.  Like my Dad, they were born musicians.  Wonderful ear.  Improvise, oh my God, they could improvise!  I could never do that.  I wasn’t good enough for that.  But I could play. 

Paula James: You said she used to chat to a friend while she was playing. 

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cite as

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: Kingsland Cinema, Southampton


Alfred Deahl
engineering draughtsman, shipbuilding draughtsman, Violinist

Listening to

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music to accompany silent film performed by Irene Deahl, an unnamed violinist

Experience Information

Date/Time between the 1910's and 20th Century
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 Kingsland Cinema, Southampton can be found at

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 02 Aug 2019 18:38:54 +0100
Approved on Fri, 24 Jul 2020 15:26:27 +0100