Cressida was born in England in 1990. She studied through her teens at the Junior Royal Academy of Music, and went on to a Classics degree at Cambridge, singing for three years as a choral scholar. Her professional career began while still a student.
After graduating in 2011, she sang for three years largely as a soloist, in oratorio and in youth opera. Christmas 2014 introduced her to the world of professional chamber choirs, when she became a member of the Zürcher Sing-Akademie. Other choirs quickly followed: the Nederlands Kamerkoor; Cappella Amsterdam; Vox Luminis; the Groot Omroepkoor and the Nederlandse Bachvereniging. Meanwhile, she has continued to work both as a soloist – particularly enjoying solo roles within larger choral works – and as a member of smaller ensembles. Since 2016 she has formed a duet partnership with the alto Sytse Buwalda.