He is the son of General Sir Thomas Ralph Eastwood and Lady Mabel Vivian Temperley Eastwood.
Tom Eastwood was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge University. During the war he was ADC[clarification needed] to his father in Gibraltar.
He first studied music in Turkey with Necil Akses, then in Berlin and London with Boris Blacher and Professor Erwin Stein. Tom Eastwood's inspirations included Greek theatre and later in life his musical imagination was fired by Brazilian folklore, history and music. His music encompasses contemporary themes such as the murdered environmental activist, Chico Mendes.
Tom Eastwood worked for the British Council in Ankara and Berlin 1947–54, was a member of the Council of the Society for Promotion of New Music from 1959 and was on the executive committee in 1959.
Cristopher Sly (Opera); The Voyage of the Catarineta (Opera)(The Barbican); Chico Mendes (Ballad Opera); The Beach of Aurora (Opera); Cantata Mariana (Soprano & String Orchestra);Music to Celebrate (Orchestra); Intro & Alegro (String Trio); Choral and Instrumental Music for Lysitrata (Roy. Ct. & Duke of York's Theatre), for the BBC production of Hippolytus and Dyscolos & Amphitryon; 6 pieces for Str. Quartet Eloise and Abalard (Arts Theatre), incidental music for several stage plays including Hamlet (Globe Theatre & Moscow); Look back in Anger; Nekrassov; Cards of Identity; The Country Wife; The Making of Moo; Don Juan; The Death of Satan (all Roy. Ct. Theatre); Guitar Sonata; Three Mediaeval Lyrics for S.A.T.B.; Part Songs for S.S.A.; Solo Songs; Ballade-Phantasie (guitar solo); Uirapuru (Guitar and Flute).
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