By Allison Drew
Sidney Bunting's existence deals a distinct standpoint at the British Empire, illustrating the advanced social networks and values that have been carried the world over within the identify of empire. Drawing on archival fabric, together with the Bunting family members papers and files of Bunting's Oxford years, this paintings offers his biography.
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The university and its colleges functioned according to a strict hierarchy regulated by elaborate social codes and conventions. Magdalen was governed by a President. Its membership included between thirty and forty Fellows; thirty scholars or demies; eight senior demyships, reserved for those who fulfilled all examination requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree; a small number of exhibitioners and academical clerks (positions determined by annual competitive scholarship examinations in Classics, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics); and, finally, commoners (students who did not qualify on academic merit for a scholarship and who paid their own way) – an ironic name for those drawn from the social elite.
He did not play during Michaelmas Term 1893, when he was preparing for the Hertford scholarship examination, but he performed at the Union’s first Invitation Concert at Balliol College Hall on 14 June 1894. He was elected to the OUMU’s committee as Magdalen College secretary for 1894–5 and played frequently throughout the year and at the Musical Club Festival on 29 April – 1 May 1895. Another photo shows the quartet for the 1895 Cambridge programme. 56 Sidney was not only involved in high culture.
38 With this transition, the extended family visits to Appleton became even more of a habit. More honours came to Sidney that autumn. In November 1891 he, too, won a Classical demyship at Magdalen College. With his university future assured, Sidney became even more active in Union debates. In October 1891 the Union had debated whether ‘the recent riotous outbursts of the French mob are not evidence of genuine patriotism’. Sidney’s contribution drew on his love of music and his experience in Paris.