Sean Molloy

Sean Molloy


Irish         Age: 23

Sammy Nestico
Portrait of a Trumpet

Anthony Plog

Alex Cellier
Chevauchée Fantastique

Sean Molloy is a trumpeter based in Arklow, Co. Wicklow. He began playing trumpet in his local marching band at the age of 6 where he spent his youth developing as a trumpeter. It was not until commencing a music performance degree in TU Dublin that he began formal classical training under the tuition of Eamonn Nolan. Since commencing and completing the degree, Sean has performed with various ensembles including the RTE Concert Orchestra, Esker Festival Orchestra and the TU Dublin Wind Ensemble. With a strong interest in all genres of music, Sean performs in various classical settings, big bands, pit bands, brass quintets, wedding and commercial bands and many more on a regular basis.

In 2022, Sean represented Ireland at the Drum Corps International championships with an ensemble known as the Boston Crusaders, taking a silver medal home at the world championships. For this achievement Sean also received an award from the Arklow Municipal District upon his return home. Dedicated to successful career in trumpet performance, Sean commenced his masters in trumpet performance at Royal Northern College of Music in September, where he will study with some of the best trumpeters in the UK for the next two years.

Programme Notes

‘Portrait of a Trumpet’ by Sammy Nestico is a vibrant and expressive jazz composition that highlights the trumpet’s versatility and emotional range. The piece captures the essence of a trumpet’s voice, shifting seamlessly between smooth, melodic passages and bright, dynamic flourishes, hence my reasoning for choosing this piece.

Anthony Plog’s unique, self-directed compositional style has evolved into one which effectively exploits the resources of chromaticism within often martial rhythmical formulas that create a sort of poetic sound-graphic (faintly reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 film, Modern Times), which doesn’t exclude lyrical, dramatic or wild and/or elegant virtuoso sequences. His Paradigms (elements of different forms) are written expressly within the confines of his personal musical style and they address the dichotomy of man’s robotic daily life in an agitated world and the resultant omnipresent personal anguish it generates.

Originally composed as a competition piece for the Paris Conservatoire, Cellier’s ‘Chevauchée Fantastique’ is an exciting work with strong contrasting sections throughout. The work has recently became more popular due to a recording of Kristian Steenstrup’s. Having performed this work at Feis Ceol, I received many positive comments and interest for the work as it demonstrates the versatility of thetrumpet in a harmonically interesting context, hence my decision to perform the work today.

I hope you enjoy my performance and thank you for this opportunity.