Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Christmas Music with William Price King – “The Lullay Song” and “What Child is this”

Over the next four weeks, I am so pleased that William Price King will be a sharing a selection of Christmas music to get us into the festive spirit.

“Lully Lulla Lullay” (The Coventry Carol) is often called “The Lullay Song”. Coventry Carols date from the 16th Century and this one in particular is named after the city of Coventry in England. Philip Stopford, an English sacred music choral composer and choir director known for his contemporary a capella and accompanied settings of traditional Latin and English prayers and hymns set this piece to music in 2008. It is performed here in Belfast Cathedral, Northern Ireland by Ecclesium, and conducted by Philip Stopford himself.

“What Child is this” – In 1865 William Chatterton Dix, an insurance company manager who had been stricken by a severe illness, underwent a spiritual renewal that led him to write several hymns and a poem called “The Manger Throne “, from which the lyrics of this carol were taken and subsequently set to the tune of “Greensleeves”, a traditional English folk song. This piece is performed by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.


William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the music…thanks William and Sally.

22 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Christmas Music with William Price King – “The Lullay Song” and “What Child is this”

  1. Beautiful music to get us in the season spirit. I always enjoyed the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, but have not heard of the Lullay song, so thanks William. Hugs 🙂 x

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  2. Two beautiful pieces of music.. The Lullay I hadn’t heard before….. as a former choir girl who loves music of all genres I love choral pieces especially at this time of year it sets the scene for me.. Thank you so much to you both I wish you a joyous Christmas full of peace, love and of course music.. Bless you.. Hugs xxx

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