Giles Easterbrook was born in 1949 during the final phase of the Berlin airlift, at Spandauin the British occupied zone, where his father was involved in post-war reconstruction work. He entered Oxford University to read Egyptology and Coptic, but illicitly attended lectures by Kenneth Leighton, from whom he also had private tutoring. He later privately received instruction from Niels Viggo Bentzon and Tristan Keuris. Since the early 1970s he has worked in many areas of musical life: as concert promoter, composer, director and arranger, competition adjudicator, panellist, broadcaster, member of several musical trusts, co-founder of the Chameleon Composers Group, and has served on committees of the Redcliffe and Park Lane Group concerts. As publisher he was head of promotion at Novello for many years before single-handedly developing the innovative Maecenas Contemporary catalogue. As a writer he has contributed to New Grove Dictionary of Music, Contemporary Composers and Encyclopaedia Britannica. He has edited performing versions of works by Arnold, Lambert, Bliss, Daniel Jones, Holst and Buxtehude. As a composer his catalogue is not large, but important works have been performed and broadcast in Europe, Japan, Australia, the US and throughout the UK.