Our Mission

Our Mission: We provide children and adults the experience of telling stories through song, by performing original, entirely-sung operas and oratorios, with lyrics and music accessible and appealing to audiences of all ages. This video is a 3-minute introduction to what makes NCFO unique! (For more detail, here's a 12-minute version.)

2023 Family Opera

Thanks to all those who auditioned for our 2023 OPERA


Music by Stuart Hancock
Libretto by Donald Sturrock

Audition information archived HERE
Performances March 25 and 26, April 1 and 2, 2023
at the Peabody School in Cambridge

Based on the historical figure, Lady Mary Killigrew, The Cutlass Crew tells the story of this English aristocrat-turned-pirate who, with her servants-turned-crew, menaces the high seas in the time of Queen Elizabeth I. As always, our performances will be inter-generational, and in English with side titles.

Check out these snippets to get a sense of the fun music in this show, ranging from Elizabethan style to sea shanty!
     Battle of the Sexes - the placid life of the servants at Arwenack House (3:13)
     The Last Unicorn - Sir Digory Piper serenades Queen Elizabeth (3:26)
     Lady Mary's Defense - our heroine explains why she turned to a life of piracy (1:37)

Visit this page, for a full synopsis and demo recordings.

This work was commissioned by the W11 Opera for Young People and was first performed in December 2017. Our production will have some additional new music and scenes.
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Take a look at our enthusiastic 2020 cast members performing
"Women o' War" from The Cutlass Crew!


2021 Science Festival

NCFO Science Festival Chorus 2021
World Premiere Science Song of the Week

         Cambridge Public School Medley         
         by David Haines and         
  Cambridge Public School children  
                    The Power of How We Feel             
             by Lauren Mayer             
        The Nose Knows        
        by Lauren Mayer        
                Evolutionary Eye         
         by David Haines         
       and Rachael Shearmur       
    In the Faraway Near    
    by Daniel Kallman    
    and Christine Kallman    
                Perfect Pitch         
         by Tim Maurice         
    Topsy-Turvy Vision    
    by Ruth Hertzman-Miller    
    and Meg Muckenhoupt    
            Virus: COVID Edition     
     by David Haines     


New Works

We are always interested in hearing about new operas or entirely-sung musicals which might be suitable for our group. Please click here for more details of what we are looking for in the way of a "family opera."