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He is the son of General Sir Thomas Ralph Eastwood and Lady Mabel Vivian Temperley Eastwood.
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 the Promotion of New Music from 1959 and was on the executive committee in 1959.
Eastwood is the grandson of Ellinor Hall Smyth (married name Eastwood), sister to British composer Dame Ethel Smyth.
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