Alfred Deahl et al. in Southampton - between 20th Century and the 1990's

from Interview with Alfred Deahl:

[Alfred Deahl recalls hearing his older sister Irene practising the piano]



Well, she was very good.  I used to love listening to her playing Beethoven at home, practising.  And my Dad was a terrible – oh, he was awful – I’ve seen her in tears.  He used to – she would be playing, and I remember very often I would hear, ‘That’s not damn well right!’  He used to storm into the front room, ‘Play it again!’  And …   more >>

cite as

Interview with Alfred Deahl. In Private family collection. accessed: 22 May, 2024 (Original audio cassette in private family collection, used by permission of Alfred Deahl's daughter, Dr Paula James.)

location of experience: Southampton


Alfred Deahl
engineering draughtsman, shipbuilding draughtsman, Violinist
Ernest Deahl
orchestral player, Violinist

Listening to

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piano music
written by Ludwig van Beethoven
performed by Irene Deahl

Experience Information

Date/Time between 20th Century and the 1990's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


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.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 02 Aug 2019 18:44:59 +0100
Approved on Fri, 24 Jul 2020 15:29:26 +0100