A New York vicar has smashed the record for the world’s biggest drum kit, with an amazing 813 pieces.

Mark Temperato, whose stage name is RevM, topped the previous record by more than 450 extra parts with a monster kit that took 20 years to assemble.

To claim the Guinness record, Mr Temperato had to be able to hit all the pieces from either a sitting or standing position without taking a step to either side.

Some are as far as seven or eight feet from each other and it takes a full hour for Mr Temperato, 56, to strike each piece.

But he insists he knows every sound on the set. He said: “I have memorised everything in my kit. There is something in my brain like a pianist, but they only have to remember 88 keys.”