He was born in Hawley, Hampshire, the son of General Sir Thomas Ralph Eastwood and Lady Mabel Vivian Temperley Eastwood. His grandmother was Ellinor Hall Smyth (married name Eastwood), sister of the British composer Dame Ethel Smyth.
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. He won a prize at the 1949 Cheltenham Music Festival for his String Trio.
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. In 1969 he wrote a television opera for the BBC, The Rebel.
- Richard Cooke. "Eastwood, Thomas Hugh (1922 - 1999), composer". Grove Music Online. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- Jennifer Barnes (2003). Television Opera: The Fall of Opera Commissioned for Television. Boydell Press. pp. 5–. ISBN 978-0-85115-912-6.
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